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Tired Lion
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Tired Lion at The Great Escape 2017
Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Years active2010–present
  • Sophie Hopes
Past members
  • Ethan Darnell
  • Matt Tanner
  • Nick Vasey
Website www.tiredlion.com.au

Tired Lion are an Australian indie rock band formed in Perth in 2010. [4] With a lineup consisting of singer/guitarist Sophie Hopes, lead guitarist Matt Tanner, bassist Nick Vasey, and drummer Ethan Darnell, [5] the group released two EPs: All We Didn't Know in 2013 and Figurine in 2015. Rising to prominence with their single "I Don't Think You Like Me" from the latter EP, Tired Lion won the J Award for Unearthed Artist of 2015. They performed at Splendour in the Grass as a result, [6] and continued to tour extensively, including at the Glastonbury Festival 2016. Their debut album, Dumb Days , was released in September 2017, produced by Violent Soho's Luke Boerdam. [7]



Hopes and Tanner attended the same high school in Perth, initially performing acoustic folk music together, [8] before branching out to songwriting, inspired by busking in Fremantle and listening to The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream . [9] The addition of schoolmate Darnell on drums, and of a Boss DS-1 pedal, led the band's sound to develop. [10] [11] Early names for the group included The Love Band and Space Boy, until one of the band's initial bassists suggested Tired Lion. [12] Vasey later joined as the band's bassist, completing the current lineup.

Tired Lion supported several acts on tour, such as Violent Soho, Gyroscope, Spiderbait, The 1975, British India, Kingswood, and Luca Brasi. [13] [14] Some of their numerous festival appearances include Homebake, Groovin' the Moo, Falls Festival, Southbound, Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Primavera Sound. [9] [15]

On Tuesday 6 March 2018, Guitarist Matt Tanner stated via Facebook that he would be parting ways with the band after having played guitar with them since their inception. Tanner cited "personal reasons" as his motivation behind the departure. [16] [17]


Current members

Current touring musicians

Past members

Past touring musicians


Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
Dumb Days
  • Released: September 2017.
  • Label: Dew Process, Universal Music Australia (DEW9001000)
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
Breakfast for Pathetics
  • Released: 2020
  • Label: Dew Process, Universal Music Australia (DEW9001262)
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming


All We Didn't Know
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Firestarter Distribution (FIRE2007111)
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: Firestarter Distribution (FIRE2007136)
  • Format: CD, LP digital download


2013"For The Wolfman"Non-album single
"Desperate"All We Didn't Know
2014"Are You Listening... Listener?"
2015"I Don't Think You Like Me"Figurine
2016"Not My Friends"Non-album singles
2017"Cinderella Dracula" Dumb Days
"Dumb Days"
2018"Where Were You?"
"With Or Without"Non-album singles
2020"Waterbed"Breakfast for Pathetics
"Lie to Me"
"~Cya Later~"

Music videos

2014"Are You Listening... Listener?"All We Didn't KnowSteve Browne [19]
2015"I Don't Think You Like Me"FigurineSophie Hopes [20]
"Suck"Jacob Kemp [21]
2016"Not My Friends"Non-album
Jeff Andersen Jnr. [22]
"Agoraphobia"Matsu [23]
2017"Cinderella Dracula" Dumb Days Matsu [24]
"Fresh"Matt Sav [25]
"Dumb Days"Matsu [26]
2018"Where Were You?" [27]
2019"With Or Without"Non-album single
2020WaterbedBreakfast for Pathetics
"Lie To Me"
"~Cya Later~"

Awards and nominations

J Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
J Awards of 2015 Tired LionUnearthed Artist of the Year [28] Won

WAM Song of the Year

YearNominee / workAwardResult (wins only)
2014"I Don't Think You Like Me"Rock Song of the YearWon

West Australian Music Industry Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2014Tired LionMost Popular Live Act [29] Nominated
2015 [30] Tired LionBest Rock Act [31] Won
Most Popular ActNominated
FigurineBest EPWon
"I Don't Think You Like Me"Best SingleNominated
Sophie HopesBest Female VocalistNominated
2016 [32] Tired LionBest Pop ActNominated
Best Rock Act [33] Won
Most Popular ActNominated
Most Popular Live ActNominated
"Not My Friends"Best SingleNominated
Most Popular Music VideoNominated

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