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Vines drummer joinsWolfmother; claims The Vineshave “broken up”

After ten years and five albums as drummer for The Vines Hamish Rosser has parted ways with Craig Nicholls telling FasterLouder that “the band has broken up.”

Rosser dismisses reports that he was ‘dumped’ by Nicholls and has cast doubt over the future of the band, telling FL that “Craig will always write great music in the future and he may choose to carry on under The Vines’ name.”

Rumours that Rosser and bandmate Ryan Griffiths had been kicked out of The Vines first arose in December last year, when neither member appeared onstage with Nicholls at Homebake. Their departure was unofficially confirmed by Craig Nicholls’ sister Jess in the band’s forums shortly after: “If any of you were at Homebake yesterday, I’m sure you can agree the set was amazing and sounded better than ever. The band has made a creative decision to revert back to a three piece, as they originally started….this is in no way the end of The Vines!!”

Rosser cites differences with Nicholls as the reason for his departure, saying that “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. Its important for your growth as a musician to put yourself in different musical situations and this was always an issue with Craig.”

“This all came about at the end of last year. 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 will kick off his new life as skinsman for Wolfmother tomorrow when the band heads out on tour With Lenny Kravitz and The Cranberries.

Despite Wolfmother’s track history with retaining drummers (they have lost four in three years) Rosser plans to take on the role full time and jokes that he’ll “be cautious of meeting a tragic Spinal Tap type demise such as a ‘bizarre gardening accident.’”

While Rosser’s time with The Vines has been cut short he says: “I’m not conflicted about my decision. I’m really proud of everything The Vines has achieved and will always look back on the last 10 years with fond memories.”

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berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Mar, 2012

He has always seemed like such a good dude, it's a pity he's gone from one notriously difficult front man to a band with such complete bell end like Andrew Stockdale fronting it .

batdan

batdan said on the 16th Mar, 2012

Did Wolfmother release a second album?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th Mar, 2012



As opposed to a bell end like Craig Nicholls?

daverh

daverh said on the 16th Mar, 2012

The definition of a lateral move.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Mar, 2012



Sorry, I didn't phrase that properly.

I did mean that he was going from one really difficult front man to another.



Yes.

It was fairly average. It would have been better if it wasn't 16 songs long.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th Mar, 2012

Sorry, I didn't phrase that properly.

I did mean that he was going from one really difficult front man to another.

Maybe he wanted some stability in his life. Craig Nicholls was always very up and down. At least with Stockdale, he's always a cunt.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 16th Mar, 2012

Y'know what was cool?

That Vines videoclip where they have like two hundred people playing the song but people keep on dropping in and out of the shot and then the drummer is at the head of this V-formation of drumkits and everybody goes nuts with fills.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 16th Mar, 2012

Y'know what was cool?

That Vines videoclip where they have like two hundred people playing the song but people keep on dropping in and out of the shot and then the drummer is at the head of this V-formation of drumkits and everybody goes nuts with fills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFDHVuGeem8

This one?

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 16th Mar, 2012

Yessir.

The thing I like starts at 2:07 or thereabouts.

batdan

batdan said on the 16th Mar, 2012


Yes.

It was fairly average. It would have been better if it wasn't 16 songs long.

It didn't seem to get any airplay like the debutt. No wonder I haven't heard it.

hedonism gibbon

hedonism gibbon said on the 16th Mar, 2012

yeah um, the vine's drumming is not exactly bonham-esque, they could get the white stripes chick to fill in!

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 16th Mar, 2012

The fill-in drummer they used for Homebake and Southbound was a guy called Murray Sheridan. He wasn't too bad, but he played a little soullessly (like session musos are wont to do).

hedonism gibbon

hedonism gibbon said on the 16th Mar, 2012

hmmm yeah the problem with session musos is that they have too many sessions...

Raccoon

Raccoon said on the 16th Mar, 2012

i think it's disrespectful, i've heard for 12 years, (i'm 21) and it hurts to find out about their 'break up' like this, i'm from argentina and it's been always hard to hear news about them, and whwen finally found this site i only read bad news! you never came to argentina i always wait for you damm it! :( this is so painful i hope you could read this, yeah tis is for you pat, hamish and craig :( (i never like the 'new guy'!)
my name is romina if you want to insult me, fuck :(

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 16th Mar, 2012

don't cry for me argentina.

Blasted

Blasted said on the 16th Mar, 2012



Shipping alert, watch out for the sandy vagina at 34°30'S 58°20'W

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 16th Mar, 2012

The new guy? Ryan was in the band for nearly eight years.

laurenkurtis

laurenkurtis said on the 18th Mar, 2012

i met him in perth last year when they did a commercial radio gig. he was so nice (hamish). craig just fucks everything up for himself. weren't they signed to sony just last year?

also i loved the vines but future primitive was just bad and the last time i saw them it felt hollow and soulless.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 18th Mar, 2012

Hamish is a really nice dude, but so was Craig when I met him.

nicole54

nicole54 said on the 19th Mar, 2012

its a load of shit they have not broken up

http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/the-vines-releasing-new-music-not-breaking-up/

grattan

grattan said on the 19th Mar, 2012



Yeah, totally not broken up.

"The band’s management who have confirmed that Craig Nicholls has absolutely no intention of breaking up the The Vines and that the band will definitely be releasing new music soon."

Well of course Nicholls will call whatever he releases 'The Vines' (and good luck to him), but when the only other member of the band who has been there since 2002 (and the bloke who has played lead guitar since 2004) both leave that's a break up.

Oh, and you gotta love an article that uses a quote from July 2011 to 'prove' that news from March 2012 is wrong!

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 19th Mar, 2012

So apart from telling us absolutely nothing, what purpose does that article serve?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 19th Mar, 2012

Will the band just be called The Vine now?

Demosthenes

Demosthenes said on the 19th Mar, 2012



It sells advertising, MAB. Get with the picture!

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 19th Mar, 2012



Craigy Craig and the Viney Bunch.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 19th Mar, 2012



New members include Everett True on the bass and back up tantrums.

KarmaPolice

KarmaPolice said on the 19th Mar, 2012

ah ha the vine.... thats funny.

KarmaPolice

KarmaPolice said on the 19th Mar, 2012

it sounds like the vines have broken up to me.... these guys have been in the band together for 10 years, it aint no vines show without hamish, ryan and brad. good luck to hamish & his new gig in wolfmother! nicholls should learn to respect his band.it's not like craig has been charting hits over the past 10 years...

SaraDavis

SaraDavis said on the 20th Mar, 2012

i spotted ryan and brad watching wolfmother last night at the lenny kravitz gig! hamish nailed it!

Raccoon

Raccoon said on the 23rd Mar, 2012

i forgot to mention ryan, i'm talking about brad

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 15th Oct, 2012

Things aren't going to well for Craig Nicholls...


The lead singer of rock band the Vines is accused of assaulting his parents and leaving a policeman injured after an alleged violent rampage at his house.

Police said songwriter and guitarist Craig Nicholls, 35, who has Asperger syndrome, punched his mother twice in the head about 12.15pm on Saturday before police used capsicum spray to subdue him after he resisted arrest.

Hurstville police Inspector Robert Duncan alleged Nicholls tried to run from police who were called to the house in Terry Street, Connells Point, where he lived with his family.

"He tried to evade police and [a] violent struggle ensued," Inspector Duncan said.

"A police officer suffered grazes, cuts and bruises to both elbows and knees and was treated at St George Hospital," he said.

Nicholls was arrested and charged with five offences, including two counts of domestic assault, stalking or intimidation, resisting arrest and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

His parents took out an AVO and he is expected to appear before Sutherland Local Court tomorrow.

The Vines are an alternative rock band formed in the early '90s after Nicholls met two other group members while working at McDonald's South Hurstville.

He dropped out of Marist College Penshurst in year 10 to pursue his love of music and songwriting.

The group tasted success after receiving an ARIA award for breakthrough artist - single and five other nominations for their 2002 debut album Highly Evolved.

The album sold more than 1.5 million copies.

Nicholls's mental health and drug problems have plagued the band, leading it to cancel a tour of Australia and Japan in November 2008.

"Craig Nicholls' mental condition has deteriorated extremely rapidly over the past month to the point where he requires immediate help over an extended period of time," the band said in a statement at the time.

Nicholls has a reputation for erratic behaviour, highlighted by many public outbursts, including trashing a drum kit while performing on Late Show with David Letterman in 2002 and smashing a photographer's camera in 2004.

The group's name is a reference to a 1960s band that Nicholls's father Terry played in, called the Vynes.

They released their fifth album Future Primitive in June last year.

St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/vines-singer-craig-nicholls-arrested-over-violent-rampage-at-home-20121016-27nuv.html