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10.10.2016

Birds of Tokyo BRACE for Nov/Dec Australian Tour

With the most played track on Triple J and a new album landing November 4 Birds of Tokyo have just announced their first national tour in over a year. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on October 14 but members of the band’s mailing list will receive early access from Wednesday 12th. Dates are listed below.

The group unveiled the dark, dystopic feel of their new material at a special secret gig in inner Sydney a few weeks ago. This forthcoming run of dates will see Birds of Tokyo bringing that same epic rock show to all parts of the country.

“When we were writing and recording we kept talking about how we wanted to make a really dark and intense rock record that would begreat to play live”, explains group frontman, Ian Kenny. “So we can’t wait to finally crank out these new songs as well as lots of others at some gigs.”

Fans of the early Birds of Tokyo work have already been hailing the album’s title track “Brace” as a welcome return to their heavier roots. Produced by David Bottrill (Tool, King Crimson, Silverchair, Muse) the heavier sounds and mood of the song has also been attracting some new fans. Those who like the single will love the album which is an unusually cohesive piece of work. From the brutal opening riffage of “Harlequins” it’s clear that the band has a point to prove and all is not well. It should be no surprise that these songs were written during the rise of Trump and the return of Hanson. It’s not an overtly political album but an end-of-days mindset pervades the entire album.

The choice of supports reinforces this strong statement of intent with Melbourne via Sydney buzzband Strangers and the brooding heaviness of Newcastle’s Introvert making for a huge night of post-apocalyptic Rock. Perth locals Pat Chow will kick off at Metro City.

Dates and venues for the “BRACE TOUR” are as follows:

 

BIRDS OF TOKYO – BRACE TOUR

Presented by triple j & FasterLouder
Special guests Strangers & Introvert 

Thursday Nov 17 Metro City Perth (Strangers & Pat Chow)
Friday Nov 18 Thebarton Theatre Adelaide
Friday Nov 25 The Tivoli Brisbane
Saturday Nov 26 The Croxton Melbourne
Friday Dec 16 Enmore Theatre Sydney
Saturday Dec 17 Waves Wollongong

Fan Pre-sale via www.birdsoftokyo.com/subscribe
Begins: Wednesday Oct 12 (9am local time)
Ends: Wednesday Oct 12 (11.59pm local time or earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted) 

General public on sale
From 9am (local time) Friday Oct 14
Tickets from www.birdsoftokyo.com

 

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21.09.2016

New album ‘Brace’ out November 4, new single out now

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Birds Of Tokyo unveiled their forthcoming album – “Brace” – last night by playing all their new songs in a special gig at Carriageworks in Sydney’s inner west for a few hundred fans.

“When we were writing and recording we kept talking about how we wanted to make a really dark and intense rock record that would be great to play live”, explains group frontman, Ian Kenny. “So we figured the only appropriate way to lift these tunes for the first time was to smash them out at a gig.”

Added the band’s guitarist Adam Spark, “we’ve never actually done a show that was all just one album from start to finish but it was fitting for the first airing of this one to be a live performance because that’s exactly how it was conceived – like a setlist.”

It’s also fitting that the new album is called “Brace”. Dark. Dystopic. Cinematic. It’s equal parts radical departure and a return to their epic rock roots. Safe to say that “Brace” is probably not what most people are expecting from the band. Listen to the title track from “Brace” here:

 

Over recent years highly melodic radio staples like  “Plans”, “Wild At Heart”, “Lanterns”, “This Fire” and “Anchor” have brought Birds Of Tokyo multiple ARIA and APRA Awards plus a string of platinum plaques making them the country’s most popular contemporary rock band. But this new album sees them torching that formula and embracing a heavier, more urgent attitude; making good on the title track’s tidal wave promise to “destroy it all”.

The relentless ten song set was produced with Canadian David Bottrill who has helmed releases for Tool, Muse and Silverchair. Together they’ve created a bold and uncompromising piece of work making last night’s Carriageworks show nothing less than a statement of intent.

The title track from “Brace” was released today and the album will follow on November 4.

Pre-order ‘Brace’ here.

29.04.2016

‘Anchor’ wins 2015 International Songwriting Competition

Birds of Tokyo have taken out First Place in the Rock category in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

‘Anchor’ was chosen from over 18,500 entries from 120 countries, by judges including Tom Waits and Lorde.

Full winners list here.