Q&A Scene: Timothy Wolf

Tell us about your new single ‘In Your Arms Again’?
Soulful blues I think is how it’s been coined. A song written in my bedroom and put together with my band ‘The Howlers’, it’s also the first of an album to come. It’s definitely a progression in my songwriting and sound. It’s a strange time to inhabit this world but I’m pumped to be putting these songs and messages out into the world.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 
Time and nostalgia can provide different perspective. I’d have to say it’s a tie between this new work, ‘In your arms again’ and a song from my former folk bromance project Wolf and Willow, ‘Falling’.


How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 
Nonna’s homemade spaghetti and cheesy garlic bread coupled with icecream cake and double IPA’s. Pretty damn wholesome most of the time but just the right amount of chaos to keep you on your toes.


Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
On the road in America with Wolf and Willow. We bought touring guitars and wanted to go play them and watch the sunset over a local lake in Nashville.
Some locals found us playing and ended up inviting us out on their boat. They took us to the pub across the Lake, bought us beers and we played an impromptu gig to their friends. Best gig ever.


What, or who, inspires you?
Friends and family the most. I’ve also been checking out the Obama, Bruce Springsteen podcast. They highlight how music has the ability to change and I guess this resonates with what songs I want to write and how I want to put them out. What footprint can/do I want to leave on the little blue dot. I guess that starts with my closer, more intimate relationships.


Which song do you wish you wrote?
‘Ships in the night’ – Ryan Monbleau. Amazing song that captures the human condition surrounding insecurity and how that translates to the issues happening in our world at present.
Also ‘Make you feel my love’ – Bob Dylan.. Because he’s the king of songwriting. Timeless – you could release this song in any decade and it’s a hit.


What’s next for you?
I have an album to release this year.. Big year ahead.


What’s your scene?
Summers day, filter coffee, craft beer, with my partner playing with our puppy.



Introspective soulful blues with a hint of ‘I’m ready to boogie’, Timothy Wolf is the thrilling new kid on the block, today sharing his extraordinary debut single In Your Arms Again, an alluring ode to long term love, released today.  Following an enormous debut sell out show at The Night Cat Fitzroy last month, Timothy Wolf and his boisterous nine-piece band The Howlers are set to step it up with their single launch show at Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club on May 6, with support from Guthrie. 

Recorded in the tropical hinterland of Byron Bay at Bernard Fanning and Nick DiDia’s famed La Cueva Studios, produced and mixed by Dan Frizza (The Waifs, Gurumul, Ash Grunwald) and mastered by Michael Lynch (John Butler Trio), In Your Arms Again perfectly blends blues and soul, and immediately asserts that old-soul Timothy Wolf has indeed arrived.  This is the song we didn’t know we needed from this hugely exciting new artist.  In Your Arms Again is buoyed by gentle and restrained horns, and coupled with smooth electric guitar and moving keys that perfectly complement that stunning Timothy Wolf vocal, a falsetto on display that would make Al Green swoon. 

Speaking on the recording at La Cueva, the singer songwriter says, “It was such a special time away. We didn’t know we were within the eye of the Covid 19 hurricane or that we’d head straight back into a gruelling stage 4 Melbourne lockdown. Timing came together for us perfectly as we were gifted the opportunity to hide away in the Byron Bay Hinterland, connect as the musical family we’d always seen the potential for and bring these songs to life.”

Growing up listening to 50s soul and rockabilly and as a kid learning songs in his bedroom by Otis Redding, Johnny Cash and Etta James, Timothy Wolf explains, “It inspires me that they came from a time where they literally founded and defined the rules of balladry and songwriting. I think ‘In Your Arms Again’ is pretty true to some of these classic influences whilst lending itself to a contemporary soundscape. I’ve been quite ambitious pushing the boundaries yet trying to serve this song with the influences it deserves whilst also incorporating the sound and identity myself and The Howlers have to offer.” He further insights, “The song comes from a dreamy, old soul, rosy-eyed state. I’m lucky enough for all of my grandparents to have had 50+ year marriages. This song highlights the commitment relationships like this take whilst also drawing from within my own rosy-eyed beginnings. There’s also a chance it might have come from one of the weddings I’ve played trying to support my original project.”

Filmed by Shoelace Creative (Didirri, Kim Churchill, Hollow Coves), the video for In Your Arms Again follows Timothy Wolf + The Howlers at their sold out debut show at The Night Cat last month. Wolf explains, “It is important to me that people can get an idea of what to expect at a Timothy Wolf + The Howlers show, so we turned our debut show at The Night Cat into a film clip. It will also serve as a beautiful life cataloguing moment of our humble beginnings. Our debut show with so many of our dearest friends, playing a song written in my bedroom.”

With a stack of new music to back up this thrilling debut single, and a vibrant show that will wow and set tongues wagging, we suggest you grab your tickets, strap on your dancing shoes and stay tuned for an early look into the mischief that is Timothy Wolf + The Howlers.

Timothy Wolf + the Howlers are Tim Richardson (vocals, choral harmonies, piano, Wurlitzer, electric rhythm guitar), James Difabrizio (lead electric guitar), Jesse Richardson (trumpet), Ayden Thorne (bass and saxophone), Graham King (drums and percussion), Piper Bennett-Swinley (vocals), Jessie Singleton (vocals), Lawson Kennard (bass guitar) and Barry White (keys).
Nkechi Anele, Triple J – “Your falsetto is unworldly and your voice by itself is so f&$*ing pure – you’re a unicorn.”

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 It’s rare for an artist to knock it out of the park so soundly on their debut single, but with things happening so fast for Timothy Wolf, it’s hardly any surprise that months of hard work and rising acclaim have resulted in something like the stellar “In Your Arms Again” Rolling Stone

It’s a song that is carried by Wolf’s stratospheric falsetto, with chocolatey brass lacquering every word. ‘In Your Arms Again’ builds and builds, before unleashing into a huge finale” Music Feeds





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