READY TO ROCK
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
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.