Birds of Tokyo and their insistent, bittersweet, rock sounds have resonated deeply with Australian critics and fans. Following two acclaimed albums, the indie band’s self-titled third studio release spent over eight months in the Australian Top 20 and was certified double platinum. It also picked up an ARIA Award for ‘Best Rock Album’ in 2010.
Early in 2011 the band’s anthemic breakthrough hit ‘Plans’ ranked #4 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 while the follow up single, ‘Wild At Heart’, reached #1 on the country’s National Airplay Chart and won the band an APRA Award. Birds Of Tokyo also received the publicly voted Rolling Stone ‘Readers Choice’ Award and ARIA Award for ‘Most Popular Australian Artist’.
In March 2012, Birds of Tokyo partnered with Los Angeles’ based producer, Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups, Darker My Love) to work on a highly anticipated follow-up to their breakthrough release. After a month’s pre-production in Sydney they took up residence at Oceanway Studios in Los Angeles to begin recording in a room that turned out to be right next door to where The Beach Boys were crafting their comeback release with Brian Wilson. To the amazement of the band the Californian legends happily spent time hanging out and giving them some advice.
It was just one of many remarkable moments which have shaped the band’s new music. Creating the new album, ‘March Fires’ was a journey of exploration and reinvention for Birds of Tokyo. It’s a story of burning down the old and coming together to build something new. Spearheaded by the album’s first two singles ‘This Fire’ and ‘Lanterns’, the band’s fourth studio album ‘March Fires’ debuted #1 on the National ARIA Album Chart – the band’s first ever #1 record. At the time of release, it also became the highest selling first week sales of any album of 2013. The album was certified gold within four weeks of release, with ‘Lanterns’ reaching #2 on the National Australian Airplay Chart and certified triple platinum.