– by Louis Humberstone
Up and coming Perth four-piece Tired Lion continue their stride of success with new single “Agoraphobia”, bringing a track that is bursting with riffs and heavy with the weight of pounding drums.
After a busy and successful year that has seen the band rise to the challenges of international festivals such as Latitude and Glastonbury, as well as signing with a quality US booking agency, “Agoraphobia” shows Tired Lion have no intentions of slowing down.
The song ventures between a loud, grungy chorus, and a more restrained, bass heavy verse. The chorus sounds festival-ready and perfect for head-banging, as the song builds to its dirty, powerful climax. Frontwoman Sophie Hopes says of the track’s sound, “We just wanted to sound like Tired Lion.” “Agoraphobia” seems to capture the band’s developed live sound, sticking to the scruffy vibes that Tired Lion are known for.
The lyrics and title of the track take inspiration from a panic disorder derived from an extreme fear of public places. Lines like “No way out of this dead end” and “The darkness will become your friend” are emotional and seem to be particularly expressive given each of the band members has unique experiences with mental illness. For a band to tackle mental health issues in today’s scene is remarkably brave and refreshing. Hopes says, “It’s something that people do experience and whether they talk about it or not is actually quite normal.”
Released alongside a companion video, “Agoraphobia” comes at a time when Tired Lion continue to climb in esteem across the country. The band are set to kick off a national tour in support of Brisbane rockers Violent Soho at the end of the month, before hitting a bunch of festivals, including Falls.