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Birds of Tokyo are an alternative rock band from Australia who rose to domestic mainstream success with their second album, Universes (2008). Founded in 2004 in Perth, Western Australia, the band originally comprised Karnivool's Ian Kenny (vocals), Adam Spark (guitar), Anthony Jackson (bass), and Adam Weston (drums). Birds of Tokyo made their recording debut in 2005 with a pair of EPs (Birds of Tokyo, One Way/Stay) released in association with the independent label Egg Records. The song "Stay" earned the band its first of many WAMi Awards (West Australian Music Industry Awards), this one for Rock Song of the Year. Two years later, Birds of Tokyo released their full-length album debut, Day One (2007), and won a pair of WAMi Awards (Favorite Newcomer, Best Male Vocalist). Their second album, Universes (2008), marked their mainstream breakthrough, peaking at number three on the Australian albums chart and spawning a pair of singles ("Silhouettic," "Broken Bones"). The band's eponymously titled third album was released by EMI in July of 2010, included the hit singles “Plans” and “Wild at Heart,” and went on to receive double-platinum certifications. Following this success, the Australian music industry accolades continued to flood in. These included APRA awards for songwriting and a “Most Popular Australian Artist” award at the 2011 ARIA ceremony. Ahead of sessions in Los Angeles for a fourth album with David Cooley and Tony Hoffer, Birds of Tokyo brought two new players into the fold: Glenn Sarangapany on keyboards and Ian Berney who replaced Jackson on bass. Also prior to these sessions, Kenny, Spark, and Weston each left Perth behind, relocating to cities on the eastern coast of Australia. The resulting record, March Fires, was appropriately released in March 2013 and became the band's first album to hit the number one spot in the Australian charts, eventually going gold. The success of March Fires opened up new doors for the band internationally, and they spent much of 2014 in the U.S. with Los Angeles as their temporary home base. In between U.S. tours, they wrote and recorded four new songs which were released in April 2015 as the standalone EP Anchor. Brace, the band's dark and gritty fifth studio long-player, dropped the following year. ~ Jason Birchmeier & James Wilkinson
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Birds of Tokyo

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  2.   Lanterns
  3.   When the Night Falls Quiet
  4.   Sirin
  5.   Mercy Arms
  6.   Broken Bones
  7.   White Leaves
  8.   The Others
  9.   The Dark Side of Love
  10.   In the Veins of Death Valley
  11.   Empire
  12.   Stay
  13.   Pilot
  14.   Boy
  15.   Murmurs
  16.   Off Kilter
  17.   Catastrophe
  18.   Crown
  19.   Harlequins
  20.   I'd Go With You Anywhere
  21.   Puzzle
  22.   Anchor
  23.   Hounds
  24.   This Fire
  25.   Liquid Arms
  26.   Wild at Heart
  27.   The Unspeakable Scene
  28.   The Saddest Thing I Know
  29.   Plans
  30.   Circles
  31.   Silhouettic
  32.   Gods
  33.   Wild Eyed Boy
  34.   Blume
  35.   Medicine
  36.   Brace
  37.   Wayside
  38.   Above / Below
  39.   Black Sheets
  40.   Waiting for the Wolves
  41.   The Gap
  42.   Motionless

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