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EP Of The Week: Tired Lion 'Figurine'

Perth based quartet Tired Lion have been anything but lethargic in 2015. After nailing their Like A Version and supporting everyone from The 1975 to Velociraptor the youngsters have gone and snagged themselves a Splendour spot as an unearthed artist. With all the buzz surrounding them we thought it a good idea to have a bit of a listen to their latest EP, Figurine, and see what all the fuss was about.

 

Opening track Pretend comes on harsh but don’t be put off by the ear bending reverb because the track soon turns into a Violent Soho style banger. Big, loud and boisterous Pretend wastes no time getting to the meat of the tune with the crunching and spiralling guitars juxtaposed with lead singer Sophie Hopes clear-as-crystal vocals.

Suck brings some serious Metric sounds into the mix with Hopes twisting lyrics round the slippery guitars. A building chorus with a defined drum line means that this is the track that will most likely go off in the Splendour mosh pit. Make sure you watch out for flying fist pumping.

Just when you think you’ve gotten Tired Lion pinned down to an influence they go and mix it up like they do with first single off the EP I Don’t Think You Like Me. Hopes full on transforms into Courtney Love in this Hole-like track. A fuzzy guitar underpins this song as Hopes caterwauls about insecurities. Bonus points are awarded for the easily imitable woo-hoo’s punctuating the chorus.

Title track Figurine is probably the most ignorable song on the EP. It’s just as catchy as the rest of the tracks but this No Doubt-ish musical instalment drags into monotony towards the end due to the predictable structure.

Of course, the talented foursome bring it on back with closing track December. A subtle beginning builds intrigue for this Pixies inspired track. The song makes the most of Hopes vocals while also letting both drums and lead guitar shine with their own moments in the sun. Ultimately a triumph, December is a not too grating ending to a really great EP.

Australian hard rock is overrun with men that usually more beard than face so it’s nice to have a breath of feminine air in the genre. Beyond that Tired Lion sound as primped and polished as a band with twice their experience so if you’re wondering if they’re worth the hype; they most definitely are.

8.5/10

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