“With every stab of 90s-nodding grunge and fuzz-drenched retro nod, the group sound like they’re surging ahead instead of looking back.” – NME
“Sophie Hopes’s vocals carry the meaty riffs perfectly as they swing between anthemic and a more punk-styled in your face delivery.” – Pilerats
“An onslaught of crunchy riffs that are buoyed by strategically placed breathing space.” – Stereogum
The band – Sophie Hopes, Nick Vasey and Ethan Darnell – announced on social media that they will commence recording their debut album and that they have enlisted the expertise of producer and local rock figurehead in his own right, Luke Boerdam of Violent Soho frontman fame to man the boards for the album. Boerdam also announced the pairing on his socials yesterday, saying “…” The two parties formed a bond last year when Tired Lion supported Violent Soho on their national Australian tour, alongside The Bronx and Luca Brasi. It will be the first time in his career that Boerdam has taken the reigns as the producer for another band.
The album has already been heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the ‘50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2017’, thanks to the fact that, “over the past two years Perth’s Tired Lion have slowly transformed into one of Australia’s most promising punk acts.”
That news stands alongside the announcement that the band are set to perform on the Great Escape line up in May, before performing their first headline show at The Old Blue in London on Tuesday, March 28. This round of UK shows follow on from recent profiles of the band by legendary UK music outlets NME (‘New Music of The Day: Tired Lion – ‘I Don’t Think You Like Me’’) and Kerrang! (…), who have heralded Tired Lion as one of the key acts to keep an eye on in 2017.
Both announcements mark what will be a huge year for the 2015 Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year, who had a huge 2016 that saw them dominate the airwaves with the breakout singles, ‘Not My Friends’ and ‘Agoraphobia’; triumphantly tour Europe playing the likes of Latitude and Glastonbury festivals; return home and perform barnstorming festival sets at Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Southbound, The Plot, Grass Is Greener and Yours & Owls, as well as the national Violent Soho tour; and sign with US booking agency AGI (whose roster includes the likes of The Strokes and Metallica).
Colourbound is a three-piece Alternative outfit formed in 2014. The band, consisting of guitarist/vocalist Angus McRobbie, bass player Brenton Adey and drummer/percussionist Aj Hainsworth perform their own brand of energetic and melodic rock, inspired by the likes of Coldplay, Queen, U2 and The Strokes to name a few.
When Hainsworth needed a group of musicians to perform pop covers for a birthday party in 2014, she recruited McRobbie and Adey, along with a few others to fit the bill. After the success of the first show, the band decided to stay together and work towards greater goals; writing original songs and developing a sound while testing the water of the open mic-night scene in Fremantle. Jump forward to 2015, the lineup has been streamlined and the band has a slew of original tunes and a developing sound, along with a heft of stage experience.
At the beginning of the year, Colourbound released their debut EP featuring three original songs including the single 'MN' and a cover of 'Got My Mojo Working' by Muddy Waters. Colourbound are currently writing new material and have just released their double single 'Stone Dead'.
With shows popping up in Bunbury, Perth and Fremantle, the band is excited to start sharing their music on a larger scale.
The Strokes, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Everything Everything, The 1975, Paramore, Matchbox Twenty, Ghost, U2
Braves are a Perth band seeing how far they can get on DIY recordings, no connections, and an empty bank account. They’ve played with bands like Last Dinosaurs, The Jungle Giants, Skegss & Cloud Control and had their music appear on VICELAND, MTV & Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. Braves like their songs fast, their beers cheap, and their games with split screen multiplayer. They’ll play at your house party sometime.
Alex – Guitar & Vocals
Simon – Guitar & Vocals
Kieran – Bass
Andy – Drums
Rolling Stone Australia:
“With just enough raw lo-fidelity left on the bones to displace their So-Cal powerpunk passion, ‘Get It Right’, the latest single from Perth four-piece Braves, is a track
superbly suited for the summer months of beer-cracking, lampooning and poolside hi-jinks. It expertly walks the line between catchiness and scrappiness with the kind of unrestrained shrug-life energy that you can safely bet the house (party) being perfectly manic in a live setting.”
Consequence Of Sound:
“Slackerdom and partying are cornerstones of some of the more popular sects of punk. It’s the celebration of opposing conservative ideals of older generations, spitting in the face of conventional lifestyles while cracking open a morning beer. It’s a tradition being happily carried on by Perth, Australia’s Braves with their scrappy, unhinged guitar licks. ‘Dropout’ is a ferocious punk anthem, complete with snark and plenty of vicious screams.”
“Drowning in their own distortion, there’s a healthy mixture of punk, garage and silky lo-fi guitars buried beneath the fast paced, energetic, untidy melodies – a deliberate move, of course. Plus almost every song references the beach; you can’t get more surf-rock - or Australian - than that.”
Last Lions first formed whilst at high school together in late 2012. Blending modern Australian indie-punk, with American emo, they've become one of Perth's favourite up and coming punk acts.
Since their live debut in 2013, Last Lions have taken out first place in the Rockingham Festival of New Talent and The Carine Tavern's Battle of the Bands, landed support slots for the likes of Hawthorne Heights (US), Moose Blood (UK), Gnarwolves (UK), British India, Luca Brasi, and Tired Lion, and even found themselves on the Hyperfest 2015 lineup alongside DZ Deathrays, Ball Park Music, and Trophy Eyes among others.
In August 2017, they followed up numerous demos with their first official release "The Sky Was Black." The single reached #3 on the Triple J Unearthed Punk charts in the first week of it's release, and was voted in at 4th place in Live and Local 89.7fm's Top 20 WA Songs of 2017 listener poll. Since reshuffling their a lineup in November, they've landed support slots for The Bennies, Horror My Friend, and Royal Chant, have begun recording new music for their next release, and are continuing to play relentlessly around WA.
If you love catchy indie punk tunes about the ups and downs of growing up in Perth's southern suburbs, then you'd probably love Last Lions.
A roots rock artist from Margaret River who is rapidly making a name for himself on the West Australian music scene with his phenomenal guitar work and foot-thumping, energetic on-stage vibes.
Born and raised in a small town in the Midwest of Australia, Tom was introduced to the guitar at the age of 12 by his father, who showed him a few chords. He was immediately hooked.
Since quitting his full time job in 2014 to pursue his musical career he has supported some renowned Australian acts such as Thirsty Merc, Kallidad and Morgan Bain, as well as appearing on the lineup for the 2016 WAM South West Showcase.
Having recently returned to the South West after a massive WA tour off the back of his new EP, ‘Searching for Splendor’, he is gearing up for a busy summer of shows including the Festival Of King Island with acts such as Kim Churchill, Shaun Kirk and Benny Walker to name a few.
‘Searching for Splendor’ went straight to #1 on the iTunes Blues charts following its release in May 2016, with the first single ‘Vent’ reaching #1 on the Triple J Unearthed Roots Charts. His live performances show great diversity from finger-picked melodies to heavy handed upbeat jams, all while thumping away on a beautifully crafted stomp box.
"Throughout the set, Day dropped a foot-thump of energy to the crowd" - The Music
Ricky is a singer/songwriter originating from the SW coastal region of Western Australia. Known best for his silky smooth vocals and warm catchy songs, he spends the majority of his time divided between the stage and ocean. His debut EP, released in 2012, was the first taste of his heartfelt and subtle brand of surf folk. Ricky has recently cemented his style with a second EP "These Are The Good Old Days", in which he shows a more developed and mature understanding of music and the world he lives in. A large part of Green’s time away from recording has been spent traveling, playing shows and surfing; he spent three years moving through Europe,the U.S and Indonesia, a journey which undeniably energised his creativity.
When home in West Aus Ricky likes to spend his time split between the stage and the ocean. His eager persistence and undoubted talent have earned him spots supporting artists such a Husky, Donovan Frankenreiter and Cloud Control.
With catchy songs and a personality to light up any stage, Ricky is not one to miss.