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INTERVIEW: Tired Lion

Interviewed by: Stephanie Main
Answered By: Ethan Darnell (drums)


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For people who have been living under a rock, who are Tired Lion?
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Tired Lion consists of Myself, Matt Tanner, Sophie Hopes and Nick Vasey. We have been dubbed as grunge pop, I’m not good at genre description so we will run with that.
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When/how did Tired Lion start?
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Sophie and Matt started jamming at age 17 or so whilst still in school, they played sort of folky stuff, then they added me on the drums and we played mostly chilled stuff and some covers like “Hey Ya” – Outkast, we didn’t take it serious or anything – it was just fun after school and on weekends. Time passed and then all of a sudden Matt came to jam with one pedal it was a Boss DS-1 distortion pedal this changed everything. The acoustics got put away and the electric guitars came out. Between then and now we have had a collection of bass players, but Nick Vasey has stuck with us the longest and without him we wouldn’t be Tired Lion. So in terms of time we have been a band I’d say about 4 years or so.
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Did you aim to get to where you are now or is all of the current hype a little unexpected?
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Very unexpected, we have just been blown away with how everything is going, we are so appreciative for the people that have gotten behind us, bought merch and just been rad people at our shows, thanks legends!
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What was the first half of 2015 like?
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The first half has been great we started off with some great local supports, we have supported Kisschasy, The Delta Riggs, Kingswood and the British India and Luca Brasi tour so its been a lot of fun for us. We also played our first festival Groovin the Moo with the current lineup which was a bunch of fun, in terms of recording we have finished off our 5 track ep which will be out in July which we are really excited to release. We also did a Like a Version which was a pretty special thing for us.
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What does the second half of 2015 hold for TL?
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We have some more touring with our own headline tour for our EP “Figurine” in July. We are also stoked to be part of the Poison City weekender in September. Aside from those, we will just be writing and working on an album for the next release.
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Tell us a bit about the new single.
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The new single ‘Suck’ is a pretty recent song as opposed to the first single ‘I don’t think you like me’, which was recorded in early 2014 but released in 2015. ‘Suck’ was recorded at the start of this year and was a pretty natural song for us – we didn’t spend heaps of time on it, the first time we jammed it I hated it, then when we listened back to the rehearsal I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Then the next time we got together we sort of just played it and it really came together with everyone adding their own little flavours.
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Where’s your favourite place to play live? Why?
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It’s hard to pick a favourite we have been lucky enough to play some of the most amazing venues around Australia, but I think we always have a great time at Amplifier in Perth. The sound guy Ian is an absolute legend who has encouraged us from the start and I guess it’s kind of sentimental because we looked up to the bands that played there when growing up.
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Give us a quick rundown of your Triple J Like a Version experience.
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It was pretty overwhelming, it was great to meet the staff there and have general chit chat with the presenters. It all happens so fast though – you’re there one minute and the next it’s all done with, we put so much pressure on ourselves for what was actually a pretty stress free environment. All in all, it was a great time and I’m sure something we will remember.
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Which Perth bands do you love right now?
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Black Stone from the Sun, Pat Chow, Ray Finkle, Rag n Bone, Maxxx and the Electric, Tim Nelson and the Infidels, Silver Hills, Apollo’s Son, Jacob Diamond, Apache and Methyl Ethel. We have a lot of talent here, it’s really hard to give you some and not all.
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Who is the worst member of the band (all factors included)?
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Probably myself – I’m a bit of a perfectionist when I get into one of my moods and I think it annoys the rest of the band.
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Have a watch of Tired Lion’s ‘I Don’t Think You Like Me’ live on Triple J: