I think we try extra hard to like an artist when they're from Adelaide because we're the kind of people who like to support local acts, but with Timberwolf frontman Christopher Panousakis we don’t need to try hard at all. After a month off touring and enough time to rest his voice, the Adelaidian is “busting” to continue his ‘Flux’ tour and pumped to play in-front of his home crowd at Adelaide UniBar.
“This is the first time I’ve sort of stepped up to a venue of this size and I literally can’t wait,” he tells Yewth. “It’s going to be pretty special. I’ve got some new songs that I’ve been working into the set and re-jigging the whole thing so it sounds a little bit more interesting and fresh.”
Panousakis just released his second EP ‘Flux’ and has definitely succeeded in creating something that is “textured” and “moody,” fans of Mumford and Sons and Boy & Bear are likely to appreciate the strong melody and smooth vocals.
“For this EP I wanted to make textured, moody soundscapes and I wanted it to be eerie and I wanted it to be the kind of record where you could listen to it in two years’ time and still not have discovered all the instruments in there.”
Recently Timberwolf changed roles and hosted Triple J’s ‘Roots N All’ program, proving he has the knack for both playing and presenting music, which he says was “definitely a buzz” and “quite nerve racking.”
“It’s one thing to be interviewed, it’s one thing to have your song played on there… But to actually host a show is just a totally different kettle of fish. The producer was good reminding me to say things like ‘You’re on Triple J,’ he laughs. “I think the strangest thing about something like that is you’re effectively having a conversation with yourself for three hours.”
One thing Timberwolf won’t be doing at Adelaide UniBar is having a conversation with himself - if his Groovin' the Moo set earlier this year is anything to go by it’s bound to be full of energy and plenty of room for the frontman to swap acoustic for something more electric.
“My live show is completely electric guitar and I’m trying in this forthcoming direction to try and meld the two worlds a bit more; so have a few more songs where the electric guitar is the dominant instrument… I’m really excited to try and make that happen through the next bunch of recordings.”
As this week is National Op Shop week, we couldn’t resist asking Timberwolf about his experiences rummaging through op shops while on tour. Anyone who has scrolled through his Instagram knows he has a passion for fashion, especially when it comes to pre-loved clothing.
“The rural op shops are just full of absolute gold. I’m a massive fan of kind of swapping clothes with people you meet on tour. Whenever I’m in a different state or a rural town, I’m you know sleeping on the couch of a share house, if you meet some new friends and swap clothes or you seem to pick a few cool op shops hanging around some rural streets, they’ve always got the gems!”
“There was this one in I think Harrietville, naturally I got this amazing t-shirt last time we drove… it just says ‘World’s Greatest Dad.’ – It was such a good find!”
As a platform that aims to promote Adelaide creatives, we’re super excited to see the ‘Wolf in action and equally amped to hear what Panousakis has to offer in the form of a debut album in the future…
We recommend anyone heading to Adelaide UniBar this Friday to bring along a piece of Salvos gold and fling it on to the stage; even better anyone who rocks up repping a ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ t-shirt receives a free beer from Timberwolf and hi-fives all round!
Interview by Caleb Sweeting
WHO: Timberwolf, Skies, Stonefox + Jesse Davidson DJ set
WHERE: Adelaide UniBar
WHEN: Friday 28th of August
Tickets available at Oztix (18+).