Birds of Tokyo’s insistent, bittersweet, rock anthems have resonated deeply with Australian critics and fans. They have lit up the mainstage of festivals from Splendour In The Grass to Falls and played arenas as special guests of Muse. They’ve performed to millions on the AFL Grand Final and at the NRL’s flagship State of Origin game. Their music has featured on film and TV and earned them multiple ARIA and APRA Awards. More than seventy of their songs have featured on Triple J and they are one of the station’s three most played artists of this millennium.
After forming in Perth in 2004 the band – Ian Kenny (vocals), Adam Spark (guitars/vocals), Adam Weston (drums), Glenn Sarangapany (keyboards/vocals) and Ian Berney (bass) – released two acclaimed indie albums before their eponymous third release went double platinum. It spent over eight months in the Australian Top 20 and received the 2010 “Best Rock Album” ARIA. Early the next year their breakthrough “Plans” ranked #4 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 while follow up hit “Wild At Heart” helped earn them the publicly voted Rolling Stone Readers’ Choice Award and the ARIA for Most Popular Australian Artist.
In March 2012, Birds of Tokyo partnered with producer, Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups, Darker My Love) at Oceanway Studios in LA to create March Fires. Spearheaded by the album’s first single “This Fire”, the album debuted at #1 while triple platinum second single “Lanterns” became the most played song on Australian radio across 2013 and won them even more awards. The following year the group based themselves in the U.S. and toured extensively in support of “Lanterns’” which received strong airplay on leading stations like KROQ in Los Angeles and LIVE 105 in San Francisco.
In 2015, their standalone EP Anchor, was quickly certified gold. In the same year, they also released a compilation album – Playlist – which featured ARIA top 20 single ‘I’d Go With You Anywhere’. Their peers voted the song “Best Rock Work” at the APRA Awards making Birds of Tokyo the only artist in history to win a genre category on four separate occasions.
In equal parts a radical departure and a return to their epic rock roots, the band released their fifth studio album BRACE in 2016. Deploying a heavier, more urgent attitude, the relentless ten song set was produced with Canadian David Bottrill who had helmed releases for Tool, Muse and Silverchair. Together they created a bold and uncompromising piece of work that debuted at #3 on the ARIA Album Chart, becoming the group’s fifth top 5 charting record.
In an era of increasingly disposable, fly-by-night pop acts Birds of Tokyo are cut from more classic cloth. Over more than a decade they have carved a singular career through nonstop touring and crafted a depth of repertoire that few, if any, of their peers can match. With new music planned for 2018 they are proof that in an age of ‘tracks’, ‘songs’ and ‘bands’ can still matter.