REVIEW: Tired Lion Dumb Days
By Jackson Lavell-Lee
Perth’s very own female fronted indie rock outfit Tired Lion released their debut album Dumb Days in September 2017. Here at Dircksey, we thought we’d revisit the wonderland of 90s nostalgia with this extremely well layered, local, future classic. There is an air of teenage angst in Dumb Days’ title track, as lead singer Sophie Hopes describes her lack of motivation and youthful recklessness: “always, I wanna feel like the dumb days, I don’t care what they all say, tell me something good!” while lead guitarist Matt Tanner’s riff is exquisite. On Hawaiifive0 Hopes channels Little Birdy’s high notes, lamenting the modern obsession with anxiety disorders crooning: “no one wants to talk it out” into a beautiful melody.
Although Cinderella Dracula is the most popular release of the album, Behave represents the avant-garde, eccentric rebellion that comprises so many of our teenage years. We struggle to fit within the confines of socially accepted behaviour as hormones are raging and controlling our thoughtless (or overthought) actions; with a pixie-like carelessness Tired Lion break these confines and make you want to yell at the top of your lungs like you just finished your final ATAR exam. Dumb Days perfectly accentuates the band’s blend between distorted guitar chords, heavenly vocals and deliberate drumming that comprises an excellent indie rock debut circa 1991.