Artist info


Indie, Rock

band members

Sophie Hopes-Vocals/Guitar,Matt Tanner-Lead Guitar, Nick Vasey - Bass,Ethan Darnell-Drums


Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies



The last 12 months have seen Perth's Tired Lion begin to stand out as one of Western Australia's most exciting new bands - including showcasing at Singapore’s prestigious Music Matters Live, wowing crowds at the 2104 WAMI Awards, touring nationally for their debut EP All We Didn't Know, supporting the likes of Gyroscope, The 1975, Kingswood, Luca Brasi, and Velociraptor, and being nominated for 'the most popular live act' at the 2014 WAM Awards.

Recorded with Dave Parkin (Emperors, Snowman, Karnivool) in their home town of Perth, the first single of their upcoming second EP is “I Don't Think You Like Me” is a fresh take on 90’s nostalgia that will ring both true and loudly to the ears.

“We're all about the raw honesty in the music we make. If you sit back and take in the energy of what we are playing and what it's all about, it's a direct view into the looking glass that is collectively our lives - be it happy, sad or confusing. We're passionate about bringing to people a fresh take on what is a nostalgic sound, keeping the guitars loud and trying to evoke some kind of feeling for the listener with dynamics and melody.”

Fronted by the enigmatic Sophie Hopes, Tired Lion's infections melodies are brought forth with raw honesty and intensity, calling back to the rich tradition of strong Australian front women. Acting as the perfect ying to her yang, Sophie is backed Matt Tanner, Ethan Darnell and Nick Vasey who play with passion, precision and a 'take no prisoners' approach, making Tired Lion a powerful act worth keeping your eyes (and ears) on.

Tired Lion will be touring extensively over the next few months, supporting Luca Brasi nationally, Kingswood in WA, and a scattering of their own headline shows.

Unearthed in 2015

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30 Nov 2015


Tired Lion

Tired Lion

Congratulations to Tired Lion for taking out the 2015 J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year.

The Perth four-piece's achievements in 2015 read like a bucket list for young bands.



I Don't Think You Like Me

Tired Lion

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

19 Feb 2015

Triple J

Oh hey, Australia's own Metric!

Oh hey, Australia's own Metric!