Vines Drummer Joins Wolfmother; Claims They’ve ‘Broken Up’
News posted Saturday, March 17 2012 at 04:00 PM.
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Long-standing Vines drummer Hamish Rosser (second from left) has claimed the band have “broken up”.
Speaking to M+N sister site FasterLouder yesterday, Rosser said he had since hooked up with a far more stable outfit in Wolfmother, who he’ll perform with at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne tonight. Rosser spent 10 years playing drums for The Vines, working on five albums including their most recent release Future Primitive (2011).
“This all came about at the end of last year,” he told FL. “As I was weighing up my future with The Vines I received a call from Andrew Stockdale to ask if I’d like to try out for Wolfmother. Around this time I was planning to move from Sydney to the north coast, close to where Wolfmother are based, so all the planets aligned to make it possible.”
Rosser said differences with frontman Craig Nicholls – the only original member of The Vines left – was the reason for leaving the band. He denied claims he and guitarist Ryan Griffiths were sacked prior to the band’s performance at Homebake last year.
“Part of the reason for falling out with Craig is that I’ve always enjoyed playing in more than one band at any given time,” Rosser said. “It’s important for your growth as a musician to put yourself in different musical situations, and this was always an issue with Craig.”
He said he wasn’t sure what the future had for Nicholls and The Vines. “Craig will always write great music in the future and he may choose to carry on under The Vines’ name.”
In an interview with M+N last year, Nicholls said his relationship with his bandmates was relatively healthy. “We get along well,” he said, “and we’re all having a good time with what we’re doing.”
Rosser is the fourth drummer to join Wolfmother, following Myles Heskett, Will Rockwell-Scott and The Resin Dogs’ Dave Atkins.