Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - WHAT'S ON PLANNER - Greig John­ston

BIRDS of Tokyo are an­gry and their new al­bum Brace is a bru­tal in­dict­ment on the state of the world.

Sound­ing like a cross be­tween Tool and, of course, Kar­nivool (which shares its lead singer), the band has turned it up to 11, cre­at­ing an al­bum full of hard riffs from gui­tarist Adam Spark and barely con­trolled ag­gres­sion.

As the band pre­pares to em­bark on a na­tional tour be­gin­ning in Perth, lead singer Ian Kenny said the di­rec­tion the al­bum took was indica­tive of the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, both lo­cally and glob­ally.

“The record is a re­flec­tion of what we see and the world that we’re liv­ing in at the mo­ment,” Kenny said.

“We’re us­ing this record to point out some is­sues in our world that we just don’t agree with.

“We just can’t help but no­tice that there’s some pretty crazy s*** go­ing on in our world.

“With that sort of sub­ject mat­ter, you’re go­ing to get a harder and heav­ier re­ac­tion to the mu­sic.”

And heavy it is; with pro­ducer Dave Bot­trill at the helm – the man who helped bring to life Tool’s Aen­ima and Lat­er­alus –

Brace is a tour de force. Bot­trill is no one-trick pony, hav­ing also worked with Muse, Toni Childs and Peter Gabriel.

Kenny said work­ing with the Cana­dian was a thrill.

“He re­ally helped get the path down for this record and get the band head­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” he said.

“He re­ally pushed us as play­ers. I can’t rate him high enough.”

Birds of Tokyo have turned up the vol­ume.

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