Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drinking About You”?
“Drinking About You” is a drunkenly honest confessional to a bartender about lost love. In the show, Woolf stumbles into a tavern in the forest where he meets the wise bar man, “The Chemist,” and revels in the pain of his broken heart before telling his story in a green absinthe induced haze.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
We were staring at a pumpkin patch with happy families and children in the fall after a trip to New York City when we both begin to reminisce. I saw Benjamin’s blank stare and misty eyes and we immediately rushed to the studio. The bulk of this song came out in 30 minutes over a bottle of red wine, and a Prophet 5 synthesizer.
How was the film experience?
The show is evolving to a fully immersive experience now. We have combined the mediums of silent film, projection mapping, modern music production and of course, absinthe into the same room.
From all the concept art shows taking place now, why did you choose these two featured on the video?
These were just the two shows we filmed.
The single comes off your new album We Need To Talk – what’s the story behind the title?
The show begins and ends with the words “We Need To Talk,” Those four words can evoke so many different feelings, particularly the prequel to confrontation.
How was the recording and writing process?
Most of the EP was written and recorded out of a closet studio in an apartment, aside from the live string quartet. The key to our writing process on this EP was two glasses of wine and a cup of coffee. Creative and focused. We would wake up on the floor of the studio while the sun was coming up with Edgar Allen Poe books open, and string arrangements strewn about.
What films get to inspire the songs and lyrics on this album or as a film composer you are really trying to capture the cinematic vibe?
Woolf and the Wondershow is obviously very inspired by Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, many silent films, The Holy Mountain, Ennio Morricone. We often try to dress infectious melodies in cinematic elements you never knew existed.
What is it that you need to talk – what themes and topics get to inspire the lyrics on this record?
These are all songs that are part of the show. Think about it as a modern take on a musical. It’s a story of love, loss, and finding yourself in the aftermath.
Any plans to hit the road?
Right now we are focused on building out our show in Los Angeles. Eventually we hope to take the shows to festivals worldwide.
What else is happening next in Woolf and the Wondershow’s world?
We are in the studio now finishing out the hour-long show and a whole new batch of songs, which we will release on a debut, full-length to come soon!