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

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