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Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
is a five-piece alternative rock band from Perth, Western Australia. Their debut album Day One gained them domestic success, reaching number three on the AIR Independent Album charts and spending a total of 36 consecutive weeks in the top ten. In 2008, the band released Universes, which made it to number three on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. 2010 saw the band's self-titled third studio release Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
spend over eight months on the Australian top 20, peaking at number two on the ARIA Albums Chart. The double platinum album received the 2010 ARIA Award for Best Rock Album and in early 2011 the band's breakthrough hit Plans ranked number four on Triple J's Hottest 100. The album's follow-up single, Wild at Heart, reached number one on the country's national airplay chart and won the band an APRA Award. In 2013 the band released their fourth studio album March Fires. Supported by the album's first two singles This Fire and Lanterns, March Fires
March Fires
debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart—the band's first ever number one record. The album was certified gold within four weeks of release and the triple platinum single Lanterns was the most played song on Australian radio for the first six months of 2013. The band released their fifth studio album Brace in November 2016.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years 1.2 Day One (2006–2007) 1.3 Universes (2008–2009) 1.4 Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
(2010–2011) 1.5 March Fires
March Fires
(2012–2014) 1.6 Playlist (2015–present)

2 Members 3 Discography

3.1 Studio albums 3.2 Live albums 3.3 Compilation albums 3.4 EPs 3.5 Singles 3.6 DVDs

4 Awards and nominations

4.1 APRA Awards 4.2 Other awards

5 References 6 External links

History[edit]

Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
vocalist Ian Kenny performing at the Fly by Night Club in 2008

Early years[edit] Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
formed in 2004 from a collaboration between members of another Perth
Perth
act Tragic Delicate and Karnivool, from which Ian Kenny came. The band formed when guitarist Adam Spark asked Kenny to sing on some demos intended to be sold for publication rights. The results were so good, they decided to form a band and release the songs themselves. They took their name from an article one member had read about the absence of birds in Tokyo's high-density central business district due to pollution and overcrowding. "We thought that was interesting, no birds in Tokyo — we thought, we'll be the birds of Tokyo", he says.[1] In January 2005, Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
released their debut EP, Birds of Tokyo. In October 2005, Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
released a double A side single "One Way/Stay". It was recorded in Melbourne with acclaimed producer Forrester Savell (Helmet, Full Scale, Karnivool). Day One (2006–2007)[edit] 2006 saw the band touring regional WA on a three-week tour in January, before returning to Melbourne to finish working on their debut album, Day One. The album was released on 3 February 2007 and debuted at No. 88 on the ARIA Albums Chart and No. 3 on the AIR albums chart. Directly following the release, the band embarked on extensive touring, starting with their "Day One" tour, playing in five capital cities around Australia. Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
also performed at the Perth leg of the 2007 Big Day Out
Big Day Out
and the at Blackjack 2007 (the relocated Rock-It festival). Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
were nominated for two awards in the 2007 AIR Awards (Australian Independent Record Association) for Best Performing Independent Album[2] and Most Outstanding New Independent Artist.[3] "Wayside" was voted in at No. 61 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2007.[4] They were also recognized in Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
magazine as 'Artists to Watch' in 2007.[5] Universes (2008–2009)[edit] The band recorded their second album Universes in Margaret River, Western Australia, which was mixed in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, Porcupine Tree). The debut single from the album, "Silhouettic", was released as a free download on 14 April 2008. The album was released 5 July 2008 and debuted at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart[6] and at No. 1 on the AIR albums chart.[7] The album reached gold status in Australia in January 2009. The band played all Australian shows at the Big Day Out
Big Day Out
in 2009. "Broken Bones", "Silhouettic" and "Wild Eyed Boy" were voted in at No. 20, No. 22 and No. 51 respectively in the Hottest 100 of 2008.[8] In late 2009 the band embarked on the Broken Strings tour, which featured acoustic interpretations of a selection of their work to date, accompanied by a string quartet and grand piano arranged by producer Anthony Cormican. The supporting artist was Glenn Richards (lead singer of Augie March). A CD and DVD
DVD
featuring recordings from the tour was available to preorder at the shows, and was released in early 2010 as The Broken Strings Tour. Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
were nominated for the 2009 Channel V
Channel V
Oz Artist of the Year. Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
(2010–2011)[edit] In early 2010 the band returned to the studio to work on their self-titled third album. In March 2010 the band released the single "The Saddest Thing I Know" and announced an Australian tour by the same name. They are touring with the New Zealand-based band Midnight Youth. The second single "Plans" was premiered on Sunday 20 June. The album was released on 23 July 2010. They toured with Silversun Pickups in September and October 2010. Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
received six 2010 ARIA Music Awards nominations.[9] "Wild at Heart" was the album's third single. "Plans" was voted at No. 4 in the Hottest 100 of 2010, while "Wild at Heart" and "The Saddest Thing I Know" also appeared at No. 47 and No. 87, respectively. The band also played at the Big Day Out
Big Day Out
in 2011 for their third time. In March 2011 the band announced via their Facebook
Facebook
page that bass player Anthony Jackson was leaving the band. Ian Berney from Sugar Army later filled the position.[10][11] In April 2011 they played alongside Art vs Science, The Jezabels and local Joshy Willo at the Triple J
Triple J
One Night Stand at Tumby Bay, South Australia. The band were nominated in five different categories at the 2011 West Australian Music Industry Awards (WAMi), including Most Popular Act, Most Popular Album, Best Male Vocalist, Best Instrumentalist and Best Bassist.[12] The band won for Most Popular Album and Best Instrumentalist. In late April/early May 2011, Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
played at the annual Groovin' the Moo music festival alongside other Australian artists like Gotye, Washington, Art vs Science and Architecture in Helsinki.[13] The band toured through September and October 2011, their final national tour for the year. The tour was called the Closer Tour due to the fact that they opted to play smaller venues than they had played prior. During an interview on Radar, Adam revealed that the band would be heading back into the studio to record their new album over the summer.[14] March Fires
March Fires
(2012–2014)[edit] On 1 February 2012, the band announced that they had finished writing their new album and would start recording the week after.[15] Creating the new album was a journey of "exploration and reinvention" for Birds of Tokyo, telling the story of burning down the old and coming together to build something new. In October 2012, the band released an EP titled This Fire, which featured two songs ("This Fire" and "Boy") from the album. On 14 January 2013, "Lanterns" was released as a single, with its video coming out on 8 February. After being available for preorder on iTunes for 3 months, March Fires
March Fires
was released on 1 March 2013. Led by the first two singles, March Fires
March Fires
debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, making it the band's first No. 1 record. The album was certified gold within four weeks of release and the triple platinum single "Lanterns" was the most played song on Australia radio in the first six months of 2013. "When the Night Falls Quiet" was later released as a single, with its video coming out on 22 April. Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
completed a sell-out tour of Australia to accompany the release and received positive reviews for shows across their March Fires album tour. They also performed at the 2013 AFL Grand Final, Splendour in the Grass 2013 and were announced as the sole support for Muse on their national Australian tour across November and December. Playlist (2015–present)[edit] On 24 April 2015, the group released their third EP, Anchor. The EP was supported by a national tour and the release of a single of the same name. The music video for that song was released the following month. Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
subsequently debuted a new song, "I'd Go with You Anywhere", confirming the release of a compilation album, Playlist, which was released in November 2015 and peaked at number 4. Members[edit]

Current members

Ian Kenny – vocals (2004–present) Adam Spark – guitars, vocals, keyboards (2004–present) Adam Weston – drums, percussion (2004–present) Glenn Sarangapany – keyboards, synthesisers, vocals (2011–present) Ian Berney – bass (2011–present)

Past members

Anthony Jackson – bass (2004–2011)

Discography[edit]

Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo
discography

Studio albums 5

Live albums 1

Compilation albums 1

Video albums 1

EPs 3

Singles 20

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions AUS [16] Certifications (sales thresholds)

2007 Day One

Released: 2 February 2007 Label: Egg Records/MGM Distribution Format: CD, digital download

88

2008 Universes

Released: 8 July 2008 Label: Independent/MGM Distribution Format: CD, digital download

3

ARIA: Gold[17]

2010 Birds of Tokyo

Released: 23 July 2010 Label: EMI Format: CD, LP, digital download

2

ARIA: Platinum[18][19]

2013 March Fires

Released: 1 March 2013 Label: EMI Format: CD, digital download

1

ARIA: Gold

2016 Brace

Released: 4 November 2016 Label: EMI Format: CD, digital download

3

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions AUS [16]

2010 The Broken Strings Tour

Released: 5 February 2010 Label: Independent/MGM Format: CD, digital download

11

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions AUS [16]

2015 Playlist

Released: 6 November 2015 Label: Birds of Tokyo, EMI
EMI
Music Australia Format: CD, digital download

4

EPs[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions AUS [16] Certifications (sales thresholds)

2005 Birds of Tokyo

Released: January 2005 Label: Egg Records (Independent) Format: CD

2012 This Fire

Released: October 2012 Label: EMI Format: CD, 10" vinyl, digital download

32

ARIA: Gold[20]

2015 Anchor

Released: 24 April 2015 Label: EMI Format: Digital download

23

ARIA: Platinum[21]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Year-end positions Certifications[22] Album

AUS [16] AUS Artists [23] NZ [24] Triple J Hottest 100[25] ARIA Singles Chart [26]

2005 "One Way/Stay" — — — — —

Non-album single

2006 "Off Kilter" — — — — —

Day One

2007 "Black Sheets" — — — — —

"Wayside" — — — 61 —

2008 "Silhouettic" — — — 22 —

Universes

"Broken Bones" — — — 20 —

"Wild Eyed Boy" — — — 51 —

"White Witch" — — — 155 —

2009 "Head in My Hands" — — — — —

2010 "The Saddest Thing I Know" 64 14 — 87 —

Birds of Tokyo

"Plans" 11 1 32 4 47

AUS: 3× Platinum

"Wild at Heart" 50 4 — 47 —

AUS: Gold

2011 "Circles" — — — 162 —

2012 "This Fire" [A] — — 51 —

This Fire (EP)
This Fire (EP)
and March Fires

2013 "Lanterns" 3 1 — 22 25

AUS: 3× Platinum

March Fires

"When the Night Falls Quiet" 43 8 — — —

2015 "Anchor" [B] — — 72 —

Anchor (EP)

"I'd Go with You Anywhere" 18 5 — 146 —

AUS: Gold[27]

Playlist

2016 "Brace" — 17 — 100 —

Brace

"Empire" — — — — —

^ Sales of "This Fire" counted towards the EP This Fire ^ Sales of "Anchor" counted towards the EP Anchor

DVDs[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions AUS

2010 The Broken Strings Tour

Released: 5 February 2010 Label: MGM Format: DVD

3

Awards and nominations[edit] APRA Awards[edit] The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), "honouring composers and songwriters".[28]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2011 "Plans" (Anthony Jackson, Ian Kenny, Adam Spark, Adam Weston) Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year[29] Nominated

Most Played Australian Work[30] Nominated

Rock Work of the Year[31] Nominated

Song of the Year[32] Nominated

2012 "Wild at Heart" (Anthony Jackson, Ian Kenny, Adam Spark, Adam Weston) Rock Work of the Year[33] Won

Most Played Australian Work[34] Nominated

2014 "Lanterns" (Ian Berney, Ian Kenny, Glenn Sarangapany, Adam Spark, Adam Weston) Most Played Australian Work[35] Won

Rock Work of the Year[36] Won

Song of the Year[37] Nominated

"When the Night Falls Quiet" (Ian Berney, Ian Kenny, Glen Sarangapany, Adam Spark, Adam Weston) Rock Work of the Year[36] Nominated

2017 "I'd Go with You Anywhere" (Berney, Kenny, Sarangapany, Spark, Weston) Rock Work of the Year[38] Won

Other awards[edit]

Year Type Award Result

2005 WAMi Award Rock Song of the Year – "Stay" Won

2007 WAMi Award Favourite Newcomer Won

Best Male Vocalist – Ian Kenny Won

2008 WAMi Award Most Popular Album – Day One[39] Won

2008 WAMi Award – Best Rock Act[39] Won

Best Guitarist – Adam Spark[39] Nominated

Best Male Vocalist – Ian Kenny[39] Nominated

Best Drummer – Adam Weston[39] Nominated

Best Instrumentalist – Glenn Sarangapany[39] Nominated

AIR Awards Best Rock Act Nominated

Best Independent Artist Nominated

J Award Best Album - Universes Nominated

2009 WAMi Award Most Popular Act[40] Won

Most Popular Album - Universes[40] Won

Most Popular Live Act[40] Won

Best Male Vocalist - Ian Kenny[40] Won

Best Rock Act[40] Won

2010 ARIA Music Awards "Best Rock Album" - Birds Of Tokyo[9] Won

"Album of the Year" - Birds Of Tokyo[9] Nominated

"Single of the Year" - "Plans"[9] Nominated

"Best Group"[9] Nominated

"Best Music DVD" - The Broken Strings Tour
The Broken Strings Tour
DVD[9] Nominated

"Most Popular Australian Artist"[9] Nominated

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