Australian rock band Wolfmother announced on their website today that bassist/keyboard player Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett have quit the group. The statement, which cites “longstanding frictions within the group,” says that Ross decided on Sunday, following the band’s performance at the Splendour In The Grass Festival in Australia’s Byron Bay, that he was quitting due to personal and creative differences and that Heskett also opted to leave “rather than continuing as part of a changed lineup.” The statement says singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale will now search for replacements and
continue recording under the Wolfmother name. It continues, “[The band members] simply ask all Wolfmother fans to please understand that in spite of their best efforts over a long period of time, they just could not find a harmonious way to work together and that has lead to the decisions announced today.”
Wolfmother’s self-titled debut has sold over 1.3 million copies worldwide and earned them a Grammy for best hard rock performance. The band has played a handful of shows throughout 2008, showcasing new material said to have been written earlier this year.