It has felt a very long time since Patrick Wolf bowed out and ended 'The Bachelor' chapter of his career in November 2009 with a theatrical performance of costume changes and special guests at the London Palladium, one of few places that are worthy to host such a show. On Monday a very different Patrick returns, I caught up with him on the eve of the release of his fifth album, Lupercalia.

Hi Patrick, how are you feeling with the imminent release of Lupercalia? "I'm just trying to keep busy, keep away from searching the internet for reviews. Not that it matters what others think, I wrote this album because I had to, but because it is so personal it does hurt when somebody does write negatively towards my work." In the midst of a hectic week of promotion the twenty-seven year old was in a talkative mood, enthusiastic about the album, the up-and-coming tour and a positive future.

"I write music because I have to..."

When asked how long he intends to tour the album for he replies, "till I have a mental breakdown. I believe a tour is not over till you become a wreck, till your body can no longer deal with it. I put my heart and sole into my performances, it should change the state of my health." He continues "I come from a background of drama and theatre where fire, fights and reckless behavior on-stage is normal, I don't believe in violence on-stage and what have done in the past was harmless, coming from passion, enthusiasm and frustration, not a bad place. I don't look back at the Cologne show (he threw equipment and swore at venue staff when his set got cut short) and cringe, it was a learning experience and the aggression came from artist reasons, wanting to perform. I feel I have grown up a lot over the years, I am twenty-seven now and I've been releasing music for ten years. At the time it was annoying not having the exposure and success that I would have liked during the first two albums but I gained valuable experience from those days. I made mistakes in-front of an empty room where others do it to hundreds. I look back fondly to the days of driving round Europe in a car, playing to three people but having a great time."

Over the ten years Patrick Wolf has been performing solo he has tackled most emotions, braved new genres and searched for new sounds which has brought five different sounding albums, he's gone through more image changes than David Bowie and explored new on-stage persona's like he's going out of fashion. 2009's The Bachelor saw the Londoner arrive with bleached hair, bondage attire and hidden anger, with Lupercalia we are greeted with a more welcoming, happy and real Patrick, this comes across lyrically. "I saw a physiotherapist after The Bachelor was over to deal with my demons which allowed me to be honest with myself, move on from my past, making this easier to write positively." You can almost hear the smile in his voice as he goes on "I write music because I have to, it is a way to express my feelings, when I was writing The Bachelor I was in an unhappy place and that showed, with< em> Lupercalia I went through a short break up which is documented but most of the time I have been living a happy life. I live in a house with a garden, I cook and clean but I am ready to get on the road again now."

Patrick spoke with enthusiasm when asked about his proudest moment on Lupercalia "Armistice I was really pleased with, I searched high and low for different instruments and sequenced them in a way that I hadn't heard before to create something unusual but not obscure. The vocal arrangement worked really well too. It is nice to work with instruments that would be dismissed by the mainstream but make something that is accessible for them. I'm also very happy with the time signature on William, I am really into time signatures at the moment and worked tirelessly to get this write. On the previous albums I have worked with technology a lot, this time I avoided it all together, I even created the beats myself." For an artist to speak so open, honest and passionate about their creation was nice and felt sincere, I went on to ask, following the radio success of singles, 'The City' and 'House' if he'd mind crossing-over to the mainstream, "I'd cross any bridge if it means more people get to hear it, as long as I don't have to sacrifice my art." He then went off to finish another busy day of promo at XFM and 6 Music, he is in more demand than even, it is just the start of a new chapter. Lupercalia is an album full of surprises, which is no surprise for Patrick who has made a career of delivering them but there is really something for everybody. Even the likes of 'House', 'The City' and 'Bermondsey Street' which are all equally catchy and could easily sit in the top ten yet they still have Patrick's quirky touch. These are then mixed with harder-hitting, yet technically brilliant and full of beauty in 'Slow Motion' and 'The Days'.

To celebrate the release of the album, Patrick and his band played a very special gig at The Garage in North London. "We will be playing Lupercalia in full, then some older ones for the encore." After this he will be playing festival stages all Summer before a UK and European tour in the Autumn and then back again until he breaks...