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: