18.09.2009

Universes Release in the UK & ‘Broken Bones’ Debuts on UK Radio

Following their Australian success, Birds Of Tokyo are intent on making waves internationally with the independent release of their sophomore album ‘Universes’ on October 26th in the United Kingdom.

Universes’ release follows shortly after that of their fiercely independent debut ‘Day One’ recorded in the remote Margaret River region of Western Australia and then mixed by Tim Palmer (the man behind the more delicate mixes of U2, The Cure and Pearl Jam) in the US, it’s an album that lends itself to the “pop” tag but is undeniably one of grandeur with its alluring expressive texture.

Even in the beginning stages of their fledgling career Birds Of Tokyo have shown their massive appeal with ‘Universes’ racing to Gold status and the band selling out concert halls right across the country.

The album will be preceded by the single ‘Broken Bones’ (released October 19th). ‘Broken Bones’ is an upbeat, immediate anthem. It’s a song that possess razor sharp pop hooks and inescapable melodies whilst still maintaining its raw energy and epic rock feel. The stunning video that accompanies the song was shot using a set originally built for actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper and was more recently used in the Rob Zombie film The Devil’s Rejects.

Not content with “just another single video” ‘Broken Bones’ is actually the prequel to another album track Silhouettic. Without wanting to give too much away, check both videos for yourself on the media page.’Broken Bones’ made its UK RADIO debut last night on XFMs Rock Show (www.xfm.co.uk).

11.08.2009

Birds of Tokyo Announce ‘Broken Strings’ Tour

Birds Of Tokyo have earned themselves the reputation of being one of Australia’s best live acts, so they are pleased to announce they’re getting back on the road…with a twist.

Two years in the making; the Broken Strings Tour will not only see Birds Of Tokyo in full acoustic mode, but the band will also be accompanied by a grand pianist and string quartet.

Delicately and painstakingly, the band have reinterpreted their own music – arranging it for the Broken Strings Tour format – and have worked closely with renowned producer, composer and long-time collaborator, Anthony Cormican, who has scored the entire concert specifically for an orchestral arrangement.

Alongside Cormican – who has previously written and arranged strings on the band’s Day One and gold-selling Universes albums – Birds Of Tokyo have taken the wonderful ’90s format of the ‘unplugged’ show, and given it a healthy dose of grandiosity. Wanting the experience to be more daring and involved than merely picking up acoustic guitars and brushes instead of running with amplifiers and drum sticks; the band will be performing with a host of instruments – from ukeleles to 12-string guitars – that have been specifically incorporated into the ensemble of string quartet and grand pianist

Hosted in seated theatres Australia-wide, the Broken Strings Tour is an entirely new way to experience Birds Of Tokyo in concert.

Joined on stage by their ever-faithful multi-instrumentalist Glenn Sarangapany; the idea for the Broken Strings Tour first came up after Birds Of Tokyo had completed their Wayside tour, the band set about devising a new concert format in order to get back out on the road.

Two sold-out acoustic shows at Fremantle’s Fly By Night Musicians Club ensued, and it became obvious to the band that the extra textures brought to the band by Sarangapany were just the beginning of something grand. From there, the ideas rapidly snowballed.

Joined on the road by Augie March’s inimitable frontman Glenn Richards (who will be performing solo), Birds Of Tokyo will not only be recording all of the Broken Strings Tour shows for a 2010 live release, but will also be filming the tour for a DVD release.

Intimate and unforgettable; the Broken Strings Tour is Birds Of Tokyo like you’ve never seen them before.

All shows are open to all ages. Reserved seating / limited tickets available.

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2009 at 9:00am

6 NOVEMBER 2009 – BURSWOOD THEATRE, PERTH WA

Tickets from TICKETEK outlets, www.ticketek.com.au or tel 132 849

10 NOVEMBER 2009 – QPAC CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE QLD

Tickets from QTIX outlets, www.qtix.com.au or tel 136 246

12 NOVEMBER 2009 – ADELAIDE TOWN HALL, ADELAIDE SA

Tickets from BASS outlets, www.bass.net.au or tel 131 246

14 NOVEMBER 2009 – ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW

Tickets from TICKETEK outlets, www.ticketek.com.au or tel 132 849

15 NOVEMBER 2009 – MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, MELBOURNE VIC

Tickets from Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com.au or tel 13 61 00

THE ‘BROKEN STRINGS’ TOUR PRESENTED BY TRIPLE J, CHANNEL [V], NO DICE, FASTERLOUDER, VIDEO HITS & STREET PRESS AUSTRALIA

09.07.2009

Birds gear up for NSW and Northern QLD shows

The ‘Birds camp are stoked to be hitting the road again at the end of this month.

Not only are they gracing the stage at the AMAZING ‘Splendour In The Grass Festival’ in Byron Bay alongside Janes Addiction, Bloc Party, MGMT, Grinspoon and a bunch more great bands, the guys get to tour some towns in NSW and QLD they have NEVER, EVER been to including Hornsby, Bathurst, Penrith, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

On another note, NUMBERS RADIO (yep those cats with that killer “Boring” song all over triple j) are joining Birds on this tour.

Also announced are the opening bands from the towns we’re hitting, all details are listed in the TOUR page.