After establishing themselves as one of Australia’s most powerful rock acts, Tired Lion makes a long-awaited return with the huge new single Waterbed. Bristling with Sophie Hopes’ lyricism and snarl, Waterbed boasts one of the strongest choruses of her songwriting career. With that in mind, The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss Waterbed and their plans for 2020.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Waterbed?

It’s been a long time coming, so I think people were pretty surprised when we finally dropped Waterbed! The feedback has been all really positive and I can’t wait to share some more songs that I’ve been hoarding for ages.

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence? 

I guess you could say my expectations were better than buying a waterbed and trying it for the first time haha.

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?

I try to take different parts of bands I love and cram them into one. I love Pavement, My Bloody Valentine (got to see these guys in Philly whilst on a holiday and blew my mind and ears haha). Um Diiv, Angel Olsen, Yuck and so many more. It’s a mixed bag really. I love lots of low-fi bands and I’ve developed a dependency on them for my main inspo. I’m obsessed with a band from the UK called Happyness – they just released a new record that is so rad. I love discovering new bands, but it’s a bummer when you find out they don’t exist anymore and you want to hear what their second record would have sounded like. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?

The plan is to keep popping out singles like tic-tacs and then eventually release the record. It definitely sucks there’s no room for touring right now. We’ll be working on a few more music videos so that should keep me pretty occupied in the meantime 🙂