Soaring anthems fly from Birds of Tokyo

PHILIPPA HANSENBroome Advertiser

Western Australian rockers Birds of Tokyo played to more than 1000 fans at The Mangrove Hotel last Thursday night.

Following a spectacular Staircase to the Moon, punters spread out across the Mangrove’s wide terrace.

Local act Phat Monkey began proceedings with a range of rock covers.

From the back bars of Perth, Triple J Unearthed favourites Sons of Rico came to the main stage in Broome.

Having released their debut album Reactions last November, Sons of Rico had another first with their support slot in Broome.

Popularising retro sounds with a breathy, organ-like falsetto, singer Alex MacRae drew many from the bar.

Rico were a great accompaniment to the main act with songs This Madness, Miss Adventure and Orange Skies.

Holding out on the crowd for half an hour before arriving on stage contributed to the initially subdued state of many in the audience.

When Birds of Tokyo did arrive it was to a smoke filled stage, busting out their first song, White Witch.

Wild Eyed Boy was followed by Wayside which finally broke through with a word-for-word sing off between lead singer Ian Kenny and audience.

Rousing the front man’s wacky dance moves and peculiar heel of hand claps the band were on song, clear and captivating.

Adam Weston on drums and Glenn Sarangapany on keys gave their all with bold rhythm from the drum kit and harmony played by Sarangapany standing atop his stool.

Impressive then that their performance was the second of the night as they are both also members of the support act.

As they played through three albums of material the biggest reaction of the night was to Plans, voted number four in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2010, from Birds Of Tokyo’s self-titled album of the same year.

See who was there on page 20- 21 of The Broome Advertiser.

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