Penned by vocalist Sophie Hopes while she was "waiting for this guy to leave [her home]", the track documents the "contradiction" of emotions associated with a one-night stand, Hope explaining that she was "young and single, ready to experience the world with a kind of 'youthful embrace'. What was meant to make me feel content just left me angry and frustrated at myself. I guess you could call it young naivety."
Innocence far removed from the single's confident sound, that transfers from calming, controlled clarity to an erupting, uncontrolled rage. A contrasting shift attributable, at least in part, to the record's producer, Luke Boerdam, best known as vocalist and guitarist for Violent Soho — a band that have made their name adapting a similar dynamic shift from quiet confessionals and mosh-pit frenzies.
The band credits "Psychologist Luke" — as Tired Lion have affectionally nicknamed Boerdam — for "pushing us to our limits without stepping on our toes" during the recording sessions at Perth's Blackbird Sound Studios in early 2017.
"I'd definitely say working with Luke has influenced our songwriting for the better," says Hope. "I really can't imagine recording this album without him now."
Tired Lion have been kind enough to take us behind the scenes during the recording sessions, with an exclusive in-studio gallery above. All photos courtesy of Kane Hibberd, with all captions provided by Tired Lion (Sophie Hopes, Ethan Darnell, Nick Varsey and Matt Tanner), as attributed.
Tired Lion take "Cinderella Dracula" on the road later this week, performing shows in their hometown as a well as a selection of east coast dates later this month.
Tired Lion 'Cinderella Dracula' Tour
Friday, May 5th: Badlands, Perth
Thursday, May 11th: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Friday, May 12th: Brightside, Brisbane
Saturday, May 13th: Hudson Ballroom, Sydney
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