08.07.2015 — “I Don’t Think You Like Me” by Tired Lion

Tired Lion

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “I Don’t Think You Like Me” by Tired Lion (2015, from the Figurine EP).

Tired Lion is an indie rock/grunge revival quartet from Perth, Australia. I’ve written a good deal about bands from Brisbane and Melbourne, especially the shoegaze bands from those cities. This is the first time I’ve written about a band from Perth.

Frontwoman Sophie Hopes sounds a little bit like Juliana Hatfield, but with a bit more growl and a band with more bite than The Blake Babies. I got something in the mail bag a few months ago, and I was reminded of it a couple of days ago. The EP came out in mid-July, and this is the standout track.

“I Don’t Think You Like Me” by Tired Lion

The guitars are super-fuzzy. There’s an innocent charm to Hopes’ voice, even if she herself may not be so innocent. There’s some snark. There’s a big hook in the backing vocal “A-Wooooooo-oooh”. All of this means that this would have been a massive hit on American college radio and “120 Minutes” in 1992. They probably would have toured the US east coast as Helium’s “special guest”. Suffice to say it’s going to be in heavy rotation at my house right now.

You can buy a download of Figurine via bandcamp here. At current exchange rates, $10 AUD is $7.42 USD.

For a little bit of extra credit, and a lot of fun, here’s the official video for the song:

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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