Their drum­mer’s re­cov­er­ing from a bad an­kle in­jury but that won’t stop Perth band Birds of Tokyo from pump­ing out some heav­ier tunes

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Perth rock group Birds of Tokyo will be tear­ing it up in Surfers tonight – well, hope­fully they’ll all be there.

“About a month ago I some­how rolled my an­kle just walk­ing along and it turned out to be pretty bad,” drum­mer Adam We­ston ex­plains.

“The doc­tor told me six weeks rest and I said ‘sure, no prob­lem,’ – lied to him.

“And the band’s like ‘are you gonna be all right for the shows?’ and I said ‘sure no prob­lem,’ – lied to them.

“So I’m pretty much ly­ing to ev­ery­one – I think I’m go­ing to be dos­ing up on vodka and parac­eta­mol be­fore the shows.”

Luck­ily for Adam, there are only four shows to get through, in­clud­ing the sold­out Pineap­ple Fes­ti­val on the Sun­shine Coast.

But un­luck­ily for Adam, the new al­bum they’re show­cas­ing is heavy with an­kle-de­pen­dent bass drum.

“We thought, while we’re up there en­joy­ing the weather, we should look at do­ing some other shows,” he says.

“This new Brace record, there’s a bit of harder, live­lier stuff that suits a lot of pub and club type rock shows.

“On this cy­cle we made a side note to play stages and venues we haven’t done be­fore, which means some­times we can be a lit­tle lim­ited pro­duc­tion-wise but that makes us play harder.

“It feels like we’re go­ing to be play­ing the type of stages we started out on in 2007-8 so it’ll be an awe­some thing for us as well.”

Fol­low­ing the com­mer­cial suc­cess of their last al­bum, the ARIA-top­ping March Fires, go­ing back to their roots could come as a sur­prise to fans.

“When we put out our third record and songs like Plans and Lanterns were on com­mer­cial ra­dio no­body was more ex­cited about it than us,” Adam says.

“We’ve al­ways seen it as a win.

“What is a bit dis­ap­point­ing is when that hand­ful of net­works play your songs 18,000 times in one day, pun­ish­ing it to death, then the greater public forms an opin­ion of you based on that.

“The last thing you want to do is re­peat the same thing and as cliche as it sounds, we tend to shy away from what we’ve al­ready done.

“So I wouldn’t say we’ve made Brace a bit heav­ier and back to our roots on purpose, but it’s just as im­por­tant to keep it fresh for our­selves.”

Birds of Tokyo are play­ing tonight at the Surfers Par­adise Beer Gar­den

Birds of Tokyo are go­ing back to their roots for their Surfers Par­adise Beer Gar­den show.

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