After years of well-earned hype, Perth rockers Tired Lion today deliver the dazzling new single, ‘Fresh,’ and along with it confirm the details of their highly-anticipated debut album, Dumb Days, which is set for release September 15 via Dew Process/UMA.
Much like the album it appears on, ‘Fresh’ has gradually evolved over the years to finally become the huge track it is today. Utilising the tried-and-tested, quiet vs loud rock dynamic, ‘Fresh’ is a song the band has been playing live for much of their career as a solid fan favourite. Today though, the song finally gets cut to tape and stands as one of the most intensely beautiful and brilliantly heavy tracks on Dumb Days.
Speaking about ‘Fresh,’ Tired Lion songwriter Sophie Hopes explains it’s a song that she penned at the end of one of the group’s first international tours, during a period when the band, as a collective, was coming to terms with their lives entering a new phase.
“It’s sort of a goodbye tune, saluting the old you that may have been holding you back, in order to move forward,” says Hopes. “At the time [of writing it] I felt like the whole band was at a point where we all had the realisation we weren’t a bunch of kids anymore. We were experiencing real life issues and coming to terms with adulthood.”
She adds that the song’s refrain, “Disconnect my youth,” is the key line that sums it up perfectly. “It’s about trying to let go of your inner child so you can eventually grow up, but it’s an exceedingly sad process.”
Dumb Days has already made headlines well in advance of its release, after news broke earlier this year that the record was being produced by Violent Soho frontman Luke Boerdam. The first single from it, the powerful ‘Cinderella Dracula,’ has gone on to be a staple on the airwaves throughout 2017, with a tonne of support from both triple j and community radio, and leading fans to speculate about the huge potential of the record set to follow it.
To support the album’s release, Tired Lion today also announce their largest, national, headline tour to date, playing shows in clubs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. They’ll be supported by Sydney rock outfit Food Court and Perth punks Foam.
TIRED LION DUMB DAYS TOUR
Supported by Food Court and Foam
Friday, 15 Sep – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane Qld – Get Tix
Saturday, 16 Sep – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney NSW – Get Tix
Friday, 22 Sep – Jive Venue, Adelaide SA – Get Tix
Friday, 29 Sep – Amplifier, Perth WA – Get Tix*
*Food Court not appearing
‘FRESH’ IS AVAILABLE HERE
DUMB DAYS IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE