LIVE REVIEW: Birds Of Tokyo – Fortitude Music Hall

With a career spanning over 15 years, Birds Of Tokyo have created some memorable sonical moments that have welcomed them into the hall of fame of modern Australian rock favourites. With songs like ‘Plans’ and ‘Lanterns’ being synched onto every TV show possible, they are a hard band to not know.

Their forthcoming sixth studio record is on the way, and to celebrate the impending release of new music, the Perth five piece have hit the road for some massive welcome back shows. 

Selling out a night in Brisbane’s new music venue, the Fortitude Music Hall, they made sure they came in tow with one of their biggest productions yet. With a huge light show mirroring the multiple LED screens that  were scattered across the stage, they didn’t hold back on the visual department. 

Walking on stage to blue search lights flashing across the stage, they lead straight into the fan favourites ‘White Witch’, ‘Empire’ and ‘Off Kilter’. “What’s up my friends? Welcome to the fucking show!” lead singer Ian Kenny declared to the varied but excited crowd. 

Making sure that the crowd new that this show was in particular for them, they didn’t waste time by delivering ‘Plans’, ‘Broken Bones’, ‘Wild Eyed Boy’ and ‘Anchor’. With all the hits scattered throughout the set, Kenny explained that the band wanted to excitedly take some time to premiere a brand new, unreleased song. 

‘The Two Of Us’’ is a commercially friendly pop-rock track that you can already imagine hearing on radio and being synched on advertisements with it’s pure commercial appeal. “I’ll always be with you. Got your name on my heart. In the shape of a tattoo, it’s my favourite piece of art” he love sickeningly sings during the catchy hook. 

Taking a moment to strip things back in an intimate acoustic session, they belted ‘Circles’ and ‘I’d Go Anywhere’ before rocking back out with the full band for ‘Silhouettic’.

“This is mental” Kenny confessed as he looked out at the excited crowd wth fresh new faces experiencing them live for the first time as well as ones who have passionately been to every tour. ‘Wild At Heart’ became a surprising singalong while ‘Wayside’ showed a grittier side of their artistry. 

With everyone illuminating their phones for ‘Lanterns’, they closed their set with recent lead single ‘Good Lord’. After a long wait, the band finally returned to the stage for recent single ‘The Greatest Mistakes’ and the energetic ‘This Fire’. 

Throughout the show, the band were on point. The sounded incredible and brought that level of energy through the varied versions. But one thing that was lacking from Kenny was the looseness in his movements that would’ve added a different level of connectivity. From watching him, it seemed like he was either under prepared and feeling stiff or was over prepared and over calculating what he was meant to be doing with each song. 

But with that aside, they put on an enjoyable pop-rock show full of big singalongs and a lot of reflective emotions which will have you feeling pretty nostalgic.

Check out the full gallery captured by Claudia Bill Photography HERE;

Photos by Claudia Bill

Birds Of Tokyo Australian Tour

Friday 20 September – Forum, Melbourne *SOLD OUT*

Saturday 21 September – Enmore, Sydney *SOLD OUT*

Sunday 22 September –  Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle *SOLD OUT* 

Thursday 26 September – Forum, Melbourne 

Friday 27 September – ANU, Canberra

Saturday 28 September – Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi *SOLD OUT*

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