Timberwolf is the solo folk project and performing alias of Chris Panousakis, a singer-songwriter from Adelaide. With strong roots in 60s and 70s blues and rock, his influences shine through in his new, warm single Grace. Recently wrapping up his first National Tour, we spoke with Chris about touring essentials, other artists from Adelaide, and how his dog is a legend.
AMBY: Hello Timberwolf, what have you recently been up to?
Timberwolf: Howdy, I’m currently back in Adelaide having just wrapped up my first national tour!
AMBY: How would you classify your sound to all of your listeners?
Timberwolf: I would describe it as a contemporary twist on folk music, as I write about things we can all relate to and learn from, often driven by self reflection, but the production and energy takes a lot from my blues and rock roots.
AMBY: Where did the name Timberwolf come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
Timberwolf: Well I became sure pretty quickly that I didn’t want to play music under my real name, so set off thinking about which animal I could most assimilate to that would symoblise my creative output. I chose timberwolf because I sing a lot of falsetto, and do a lot of my songwriting late at night, so I feel pretty connected to the moon. I guess you could say I howl at the moon, much like a wolf does?
AMBY: What were some of the highlights of your Grace Summer Tour?
Timberwolf: Meeting and playing gigs in front of a few of my musical inspirations like Angus Stone for one, making heaps of new friends, swimming in a few waterfalls, living day by day, busking for some pretty decent crowds in Manly and Byron Bay. I think in general, the highlight of touring for me is connecting and learning about different cultures, people, means of living, with music being the medium for that. I feel very lucky to be able to do that.
AMBY: Which three things could you not live without while touring?
Timberwolf: Instruments aside, I would say Phone would be the first as I’m a serial Instagram fiend. Next two would probably be my pillow and all of my hats?
AMBY: You recently released your brand-new heartfelt single Grace. What inspired the new track?
Timberwolf: Let’s just say it’s a pretty heart-on-sleeve self-reflection through a tough period.
AMBY: Music stimulates a variety of senses; do any senses stand out as triggers to inspire your music?
Timberwolf: I’m a very visual person, that would be my biggest inspiring sense.
AMBY: Which other artists from Adelaide should we keep our eyes on?
Timberwolf: Banjo Jackson and Kaurna Cronin would be my two stand-outs for sure. Beautiful songwriters.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Timberwolf: I’ve probably listened to ‘Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City’ the most out of any, but it’s hard to say which is the ‘best’, it’s like saying this apple is better than an orange – Different fruits altogether. Arctic Monkeys, Paper Kites, Half Moon Run, Daughter, Tiny Ruins all released magic too.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Timberwolf that nobody knows yet?
Timberwolf: My dog is a legend, his name’s Ben and he does 360 burnouts in my backyard.
Thank you Timberwolf, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout