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Greta Stonehouse
Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale plays most of the instruments on his new album Victorious

Today's Birthday, July 20: Andrew Stockdale, Australian rock musician, frontman of Wolfmother, (1976 - ).

In the music business accolades don't come much higher than Grammy awards, and Sydney band Wolfmother landed one for their debut, self-titled album for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2007.

Frontman Andrew Stockdale helped pave the way for a heavier rock sound alongside bands like the White Stripes and The Strokes, but after experiencing heady success so soon, the Wolfmother trio famously split in 2008, forcing Stockdale to reform with new band members.

Four albums later, Stockdale is still fronting Wolfmother, who are travelling across Europe to perform in the summer festival circuit this year.

Stockdale grew up in Ashgrove, Brisbane and spent some time in London before relocating back to Australia.

He formed Wolfmother in 2000 with keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett.

The band released their first album in 2005, which went on to sell 1.5 million copies around the world. This led to a heavy touring schedule amid tensions rising between the bandmates.

During their 2008 Splendour in the Grass gig, the trio reportedly shared separate accommodation while disputes over songwriting credits continued. Following their performance, Ross and Heskett left the band, citing musical differences.

Wasting no time Stockdale returned to the studio to record his second album, enlisting the help of new musicians and temporarily playing shows under the moniker White Feather.

Wolfmother's second album Cosmic Egg was released in 2009.

In 2011 Stockdale was fined $350 for drunk and disorderly behaviour at a Brisbane club.

He delayed Wolfmother's third album Keep Moving until 2013, releasing it instead as a solo album. Three years in the making, Keep Moving was recorded with several different musicians.

A year later New Crown was self-released by Stockdale after he complained major labels were too slow at getting things done.

A touring machine, the band played 120 shows across North-America and Europe in 2016 before joining Guns N' Roses February 2017 as their support act.

On his latest album Victorious (2016), 41-year-old Stockdale not only wrote all the songs but played most of the instruments.