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Tired Lion Announce Second Album, ‘Breakfast for Pathetics’

Tired Lion return with their first album since 2017 and the departure of co-founding guitarist Matt Tanner, sharing new single “Lie to Me”.

Haidee Lorenz*

Almost three years on from their debut effort, Perth rock outfit Tired Lion have officially unveiled their second album, with Breakfast for Pathetics set to be released on November 20th.

Sharing Dumb Days back in September of 2017, Tired Lion burst onto the scene in a big way, with the record hitting #21 on the ARIA chart, and spawning triple j favourites such as “Cinderella Dracula” and its title track.

Unfortunately, things weren’t set to stay the same forever, with co-founding guitarist Matt Tanner announcing his departure just six months later. The group forged onwards though, and later that same year they returned with “With or Without”, though it would be another 18 months before the release of their next single.

With “Waterbed” arriving earlier this year, Tired Lion have now officially kicked off their next album cycle, releasing “Lie To Me” as the next single from their forthcoming record.

Dubbed Breakfast for Pathetics, the album has been in the works for a year, with the band working alongside Luke Boerdam (Violent Soho) on recording duties and Scott Horscroft (DMA’S, The Presets) taking charge of mixing.

Vocalist Sophie Hopes names a raft of artists as influences for the new record, including the likes of Archers of Loaf, Urusei Yatsura, Duster, Pixies, and Pavement.

Despite these alt-rock influences, new single “Lie To Me” begins with something of an indie-pop lean, before the gritty grunge the group are known for begins to shine through, quickly serving as a reminder of just how much of a monstrous presence Tired Lion are on the live scene.

“When we road tested it live on the last tour, the response we got afterwards definitely influenced the decision to record it and put it on the new record,” Hopes explains.

Tired Lion’s “Lie to Me” is out now, with Breakfast for Pathetics is released on November 20th via Dew Process/Universal Music, with pre-orders available now.