Tired Lion: "I write music because it helps me to get through things, so the fact that this is all 100 percent me is terrifying"

Tired Lion
(Image credit: Haidee Lorenz)

To say it’s been a long time coming would be one hell of an understatement, but after almost three icy years of anxiety, uncertainty and difficult self-care, Tired Lion are finally back on the prowl and ready to make their next attack on Australia’s thriving grunge-punk revival scene.

‘Their’ might not be the right word, however: despite her insistence of it not technically being a solo project given the new record’s full-bodied sound, and the fact she’ll drag a team of mates up onstage with her once touring becomes viable, everything in Tired Lion – and everything on the ripping new album Breakfast For Pathetics, out in November on Dew Process – comes at the helm of sole surviving member Sophie Hopes, following a period of chaotic upheaval after the cycle for 2017’s Dumb Days came to an unceremonious end.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…