Following his recent appearance with the Hilltop Hoods at Triple J’s One Night Stand, Adelaide’s critically-acclaimed talent Timberwolf (aka
‘The Winnie Blues’ is described by Chris as “initially a track I wrote for a laugh, but it grew on me slowly. For ages it was just slang for ‘the winter blues’ between a good friend and myself, both living skint by the beach until I realised how true the song had become for how I was living at the time, and that it was probably similar for anyone else living in their first share-house. It’s hard running in to all those mundane week-to-week speed bumps that get us down, grappling with the voice inside your head making you feel like you should be more grown up than you are. It’s pretty tongue in cheek though… As a catastrophic over-thinker I guess I always found it fascinating and a little bit funny that for some people, the solution is as simple as spotting a discount air-fare, packing the suitcase and leaving it all behind to smoke a few ciggies in the tropics. That’s the dream.
There is a bit of a sad theme that makes up the undercurrent of the song, because I remember at the time I was feeling pretty blue about having vocal surgery and not playing gigs, earning money… But what I liked about the song was it always seemed to cheer me up.
That’s where the idea for the film clip came from. I worked closely with Nick McKinlay (Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly) & the lead actor David Western to try and piece together a story of Dave’s sad holiday, where the poor guy is determined to have a good time but just isn’t gelling with the people or the environment around him. It eventually gets the better of him despite some bold resilience, until his luck turns around and we meet at the end for a good old fashioned hang with dogs, sports and a dip in the water; simple things.
In my opinion there’s a timeless element to good story-tellers like Paul Kelly/Courtney Barnett, and I’ve come to realise after doing so much touring overseas this year that I’m happiest when I’m playing lots of guitar, spending ritualistic time by the ocean and shooting the breeze. So it was important for me to produce this track myself and try wrap those elements up in what turned out to be a pretty surfy, bustling tune that I hope is as much fun for people to sing along to as it is for me to play it.”
Earlier this year you may have caught Timberwolf at his second appearance to a packed crowd at WOMADelaide Festival, or joining The Paper Kites as main support on their national tour. To adoring fans Chris is a vocalist that leaves an impact, and The Winnie Blues picks up where his last stunning single Proud Silence left off, which has been streamed on Spotify alone over 2 million times and counting.
Since emerging in 2015 with debut EP Flux, Timberwolf has pushed boundaries with his unique and crafty compositions, securing himself a well-deserved national fan-base and a publishing deal in 2016 with US Music Publisher Third Side Music (Courtney Barnett, Flying Lotus, BadBadNotGood, Kurt Vile) after a stand-out performance at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND.
His debut album Íkaros earned performances at Canadian Music Week, an appearance on Triple J’s Like A Version, and was rated 4/5 stars by Rolling Stone Magazine. The album featured Triple J and community radio favourites “Hold You Up” and “Washed Out” on high rotation, collectively clocking over 2.2 million streams on Spotify, and landed Timberwolf support duties for Amy Shark’s sold out national tour before, heading out again to support Lime Cordiale & The Teskey Brothers nationally.
Having previously received Best Songwriter, Best Male Artist and Experimental Music awards at South Australian Music Awards, there’s no doubt Timberwolf is one of Australia’s brightest and most engaging young artists. His latest offering ‘The Winnie Blues’ is the perfect soundtrack for any summer road trips ahead, and with album #2 on the horizon, Timberwolf is bound for a huge 2020.
TIMBERWOLF TOUR DATES
DECEMBER 2019, JANUARY + FEBRUARY 2020
Tickets on sale now www.timberwolfmusic.com
*More dates TBA
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE, SA
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28
INLAND SEA OF SOUND FESTIVAL, NSW