"Longstanding Frictions" Cited

Australian hard rock trio Wolfmother have announced they are to split, after internal dipsutes dogged recording sessions for their new album.

Taking their que from rock legends such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Wolfmother brought a ballsy, riff laden sound back into popular music. Their self titled debut album was a huge success in 2006, spawing the Top 40 single "Woman" and bringing the band considerable acclaim in the United States.

The band were signed to Australian powerhouse Modular, and played a fraught set at the Splendour in The Grass festival in their homeland's Byron Bay. Since that gig, bassist Chris Ross decided to leave the band immediately, with a statement from Universal Music Australia announcing that drummer Myles Heskett has also decided to leave the group.

Frontman Andrew Stockdale has decided to continue under the Wolfmother moniker, and is reportedly sounding out new musicians to join the band.

The statement finished with a plea to Wolfmother's fans:

"In the meantime they 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."