Hamish Rosser

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Hamish Rosser
Hamish Rosser performing with Wolfmother at Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2012
Background information
Birth name Hamish Rosser
Born (1974-05-16) 16 May 1974 (age 44)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Hard rock, Alternative rock, garage rock revival, post-grunge, indie rock, neo-psychedelia
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts The Vines, Wolfmother, Andrew Stockdale

Hamish Rosser (born 16 May 1974) is an Australian rock musician. He is best known for his time in The Vines.

Early Life

Hamish’s musical journey began when he took up the guitar at the age of eight. By the time he turned eleven he had switched to drums and bought his first set of drums with money saved up from a paper round in his Sydney neighbourhood. Rosser's first gig was with high school punk band called "The Warthogs" who covered The Clash, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols.[1]

Rosser studied chemical engineering at Sydney University[1] and stayed there for four months until he left to pursue a career as a musician.[2]


Rosser was asked to join The Vines to replace the band's previous drummer, David Oliffe.[2] He left the Vines, along with guitarist Ryan Griffiths, in December 2011.[3]

Rosser started touring with Australian hard rock band Wolfmother in 2012, where the band were looking to start working on their third studio album. After a year of touring with the band, Wolfmother split up temporarily while frontman Andrew Stockdale worked on his solo album Keep Moving. Rosser performed drums and percussion on several tracks for the album. However, before embarking on a tour for the album, Stockdale reformed Wolfmother and prepared a tour under the band's name instead performing both Wolfmother and his solo tracks. [4]

Rosser left the band in 2013.

Personal life

Rosser and his wife Kirsty have one child, Oscar Rosser, born in June 2012 in Queensland, Australia. [5]

In 2011, Rosser was living in Redfern, New South Wales. [6]

Skinny Blonde beer

In 2008, Rosser launched a beer called Skinny Blonde along with winemaker Richie Harkham and artist Jarod Taylor.[7] The beer won the Peoples Choice awards at the 2008 Australian Beer Festival held at the Rocks in Sydney.[8]

In June 2009, Skinny Blonde attracted national controversy across Australia over its beer bottle packaging which, through the use of modern ink technology, has a 1950s style pin up girl called 'Daisy' on the beer bottle label, slowly revealing herself as the beer level drops and the bottle temperature rises.[9] This angered feminists who claimed the beer was "another blatant example of the alcohol industry objectifying women to move product". In response, Rosser stated,

This generation of Aussies have grown up on the beach and topless girls in bikinis are commonplace. The label and website is in no way meant to offend women or anyone else, rather embrace the Australian beach culture.[10]

He was also quoted as saying that the beer was a "bit of cheeky fun".[10]


Studio albums [11]
with The Vines
with Andrew Stockdale


  1. ^ a b "Artists: Hamish Rosser". Zildjian. Archived from the original on 2005-11-06. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  2. ^ a b "Biographies". Dream in the Insane. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  3. ^ "Bitter Fruit". The Sydney Morning Herald - smh.com.au. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  4. ^ Smith, Sarah (12 July 2013). "Stockdale revives Wolfmother two months after "split"". FasterLouder. Junkee Media. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  5. ^ Wolfmother borrowed my daddy, Sunshine Coast Daily, 30 June 2012, retrieved 16 April 2018
  6. ^ Hamish Rosser Q&A: the Vines’ drummer tackles Smith’s questions, mrandmrssmith, 17 October 2011, retrieved 16 April 2018
  7. ^ McCabe, Kathy (19 March 2009). "The Vines members launch boutique beer Skinny Blonde". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  8. ^ "Beerfest: The Australian Beer Awards". Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  9. ^ "Booby beer will go flat". Herald and Weekly Times - heraldsun.com.au. 2009-06-15. Archived from the original on 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  10. ^ a b Deery, Shannon (13 June 2009). "Health, women's groups demand ban on Skinny Blonde beer". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  11. ^ Hamish Rosser Discography, Discogs, retrieved 16 April 2018
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