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Tired Lion : Dumb Days

8.5

Tired Lion’s debut album Dumb Days feels like it’s been a long time coming, but the wait has been well worth it.
 
While still remaining true to their grunge roots, the Perth four-piece have managed to produce an album that pushes the boundaries of their past releases.
 
Produced by Luke Boerdam from Violent Soho, the influence of Mansfield’s favourite sons is particularly present during some of the louder tracks like Cinderella Dracula, but it’s not so in your face that it feels forced or repetitive.
 
Sophie Hopes’ vocals come out charging in opener Japan, grabbing your attention from the get-go and delivering a dose of powerful feminine energy that the world needs right now, while subsequently displaying a much softer side in quieter tracks like I’ve Been Trying.
 
Not afraid of getting personal, Hopes’ lyrics explore many issues that those in their early-mid 20s are all too familiar with. While Fresh deals with the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood, title track Dumb Days reminisces about simpler times, when your only problem was deciding who got to sit shotgun on car trips.
 
It’s this relatable nature that has earned Tired Lion a strong following, and ensures that Dumb Days has all the potential to become a classic coming of age record.