One thing you can’t deny about Timberwolf is the honesty in both his song writing and performing.
An intimate crowd at the Worker’s Club allowed Timberwolf to talk the audience through some of the songs in his debut album, Ikaros, and what he was feeling at the time he wrote them.
All songs were written and performed with an almost confronting vulnerability, as though they happened yesterday. The meaningfulness of the lyrics was earnestly conveyed with the listeners.
Timberwolf has written about exactly what he felt at different times in the past, and he will tell you about it in the present moment without any shame of the rawness of the feeling.
Timberwolf started the set with some relaxed, cruisy tunes, easing the small crowd gathered into his performance. He utilised the saxophone in some of his earlier tracks, which injected a bit of jazziness to the performance.
The third song of the set, one of his more popular rock anthems of his new album was a welcome change of pace to the slower tunes played.
After easing into a few songs, Timberwolf took the opportunity to thank the crowd for their attentiveness and expressed his appreciation for the intimate last show. He explained that when you write songs that mean so much to you, you don’t write them to be listened to by thousands of people in a crowd sinking beers. After thanking the listeners at the Workers Club, he noted, ‘you don’t forget these kinds of gigs’.
After expressing his gratitude, Timberwolf returned to the stage with yet another emotive song about love and break ups. The delivery on stage was actually quite astounding, as he explored the true grit and messiness of break ups.
For the second last song, the title track, ‘Icarus’, Timberwolf took some time to talk about his Greek heritage and the meaning behind the song. Timberwolf explained that he would rather make himself unguarded and undergo the euphoria versus the battles of being in love, than protecting himself by closing himself off and not allowing himself to be vulnerable.
It was a rare and special occasion to have been able to be in such an intimate crowd that the artist can connect with the audience. This was the last show of Timberwolf tour and his first time in Geelong, and he thanked the crowd for celebrating his new album release with him.
Finishing off with his hit song ‘Washed Out’, Timberwolf commented it was a memorable end to the tour, and was the ‘best first gig in Geelong you can ask for’.
Workers Club, Geelong
March 17, 2018
Reviewed by Mia Turnley