Birds of Tokyo

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Birds of Tokyo
Birds of Tokyo @ Fly By NIght Club (3 8 2008) (3296334471).jpg
Birds of Tokyo vocalist Ian Kenny performing at the Fly by Night Club in 2008
Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels EMI
Associated acts Karnivool, Sons of Rico
Website Official website
Members Ian Kenny
Adam Spark
Adam Weston
Glenn Sarangapany
Ian Berney
Past members Anthony Jackson

Birds of Tokyo is a five-piece alternative rock band from Perth, Western Australia. Their debut album Day One, gained them domestic success with it reaching No. 3 on the AIR Independent Album charts, spending a total of 36 consecutive weeks in the top 10.

In 2008, the band released Universes, which made it to No. 3 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. 2010 saw the band's self-titled third studio release Birds of Tokyo spend over eight months in the Australian top 20, peaking at No. 2 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 No. 4 on Triple J's Hottest 100. The album's follow-up single, "Wild at Heart", reached No. 1 on the country's national airplay chart and won the band an APRA Award.

Most recently, 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 debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart—the band's first ever 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 for the first six months of 2013.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Birds of Tokyo formed in 2004 from a collaboration between members of another 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 CBD 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 2005, Birds of Tokyo released two EPs. The first was released in January as a demo and the songs received airplay on Triple J, 96fm, RTRFM, Base FM, FBi and PBS. The second, a double A side single 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 also performed at the Perth leg of the 2007 Big Day Out and the at Blackjack 2007 (the relocated Rock-It festival).

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 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 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 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 featuring recordings from the tour was available to preorder at the shows, and was released in early 2010. Birds of Tokyo were nominated for the 2009 Channel V Oz Artist of the Year.

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 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 in 2011 for their third time.

In March 2011 the band announced via their 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 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 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 in to the studio to record their new album over the summer.[14]

March Fires (2012–present)[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 January 14, 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 was released on 1 March 2013.

Led by the first two singles, 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 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 Splendour in the Grass 2013 and were announced as the sole support for Muse on their national Australian tour across November and December.

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 discography
Releases
Studio albums 4
Live albums 1
EPs 2
Singles 16
Video albums 1

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart
positions
AUS[16]
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2007 Day One 88
2008 Universes
  • Released: 8 July 2008
  • Label: Independent/MGM Distribution
  • Format: CD, digital download
3
2010 Birds of Tokyo
  • Released: 23 July 2010
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
2
2013 March Fires 1

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart
positions
AUS[16]
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2010 The Broken Strings Tour
  • Released: 5 February 2010
  • Label: Independent/MGM
  • Format: CD, digital download
11

EPs[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart
positions
AUS[16]
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
2015 Anchor
  • Released: 24 April 2015
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download
29

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Year-end
positions
Certifications[18] Album
AUS
[16]
AUS Artists
[20]
NZ
[21]
Triple J
Hottest 100[22]
ARIA Singles Chart
[23]
2005 "Birds of Tokyo" (Demo) Non-album single
"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
2009 "Head in My Hands"
2010 "The Saddest Thing I Know" 64 14 87 Birds of Tokyo
"Plans" 11 1 32 4 47
  • AUS: 3x Platinum
"Wild at Heart" 50 4 47
2011 "Circles"
2012 "This Fire" 32 5 51 March Fires
2013 "Lanterns" 3 1 22 25
  • AUS: 3x Platinum
"When the Night Falls Quiet" 43 8

DVDs[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart
positions
AUS
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
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".[24]

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 "Plans" (Anthony Jackson, Ian Kenny, Adam Spark, Adam Weston) Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year[25] Nominated
Most Played Australian Work[26] Nominated
Rock Work of the Year[27] Nominated
Song of the Year[28] Nominated
2012 "Wild at Heart" (Anthony Jackson, Ian Kenny, Adam Spark, Adam Weston) Rock Work of the Year[29] Won
Most Played Australian Work[30] Nominated

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[31] Won
2008 WAMi Award – Best Rock Act[31] Won
Best Guitarist – Adam Spark[31] Nominated
Best Male Vocalist – Ian Kenny[31] Nominated
Best Drummer – Adam Weston[31] Nominated
Best Instrumentalist – Glenn Sarangapany[31] Nominated
AIR Awards Best Rock Act Nominated
Best Independent Artist Nominated
J Award Best Album - Universes Nominated
2009 WAMi Award Most Popular Act[32] Won
Most Popular Album - Universes[32] Won
Most Popular Live Act[32] Won
Best Male Vocalist - Ian Kenny[32] Won
Best Rock Act[32] 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 DVD[9] Nominated
"Most Popular Australian Artist"[9] Nominated

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