ALBUM REVIEW: Tired Lion – Dumb Days
Over the past couple of years Tired Lion has become a name to get excited about in the Australian indie-pop/punk scene. After winning the Triple J Unearthed Award in 2015 the band have gone onto supporting the likes of The 1975, Kingswood and Luca Brasi as well as playing headlining shows across the country with a coveted spot at Splendour In The Grass. The Perth four-piece have just released their highly anticipated debut album “Dumb Days” which hears them delivering 11 bold tracks full of shredding guitars, thrashing drums, honest lyrics and the perfect amount of quirk. Opening track “Japan” perfectly summarises the bands unique indie-pop/punk sound with a hint of relaxed vocal delivery before Sophie Hopes unleashes her inner angst in the form of screams and frustration. “Where Were You” follows a similar structure that reminds me of early Garbage and No Doubt from their garage rock days. “Cinderella Dracula”, Behave” and “Cilantro” deliver nostalgic grunge rock vibes and are the heaviest songs on the record. While “Camp” and “Fresh” sees the band offering indie-pop influenced verses where she questions on “Fresh” why she emotionally let someone in and has to deal with becoming an adult. “Sometimes I think the world’s a lie. Take a hint, you’ll never learn just how much you made this hurt. Idiot, you made me rhyme, I think about you all the time”. The choruses return to the rock formula with the crunching guitars that you’ve come to know and love. Title track “Dumb Days” is one of the strongest moments on the record. Her vocals are strong, pure and deliver the reflective lyrics “Always, I want to feel like the dumb days and I don’t care what they all say. Tell me something good like when we used to lie”. They then strip it down for the gentle and soothing “Hawaiifive0”. The intimate sound really suits them and it’s not technically a ballad or generic in any sense and that’s what I love about it. It has that vulnerability that is different to anything else on the record but it’s still totally them. They revisit this production on “I’ve Been Trying” and build up to their regular sound which is a fitting way to close the album. It’s a captivating record that grows on you with each listen. It has this unique charm about it that will see them bringing back pop/punk/grunge music to the forefront of people’s mind which is a really cool thing. Let’s be real, Perth isn’t known for much. But one thing it truly can be proud about is being the birth place Tired Lion.