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Birds of Tokyo are pushing for revolution

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

Birds of Tokyo have taken aim at the Australian government in their new provocative album Brace.

The band members say they are the unofficial voice of their peers on their fifth studio album - a disaffected youth annoyed with how their country is being run, a youth who are angry enough to march in the streets about the introduction of lockout laws in Sydney and are frustrated that same-sex marriage still doesn't exist in this country.

"It's us saying it, but knowing that everyone else is frustrated and disaffected and annoyed," guitarist Adam Spark told AAP.

"Everything from the lockouts and the marriage equality thing, that climate change isn't a thing, the fact that house prices here are just insane, all these things that everyone talks about all the time, I guess this album is talking to these people."

Brace is no shrinking violet. This album demands attention as Birds sound heavier than they ever did on previous albums such as the ARIA number one March Fires or their double-platinum selling self-titled 2010 CD.

Crunchier guitars meet dystopian lyrics imploring people to "Brace for the end" and "Destroy it all".

"We kind of wanted to pull people down with us into this dystopian, dingy frustration and annoyance... and what better way to do that then to highlight it with really angsty, intense, dark music," Spark said.

The lyrics seem almost prophetic, "every empire has to fall" and, at times, even instructional "let's bring it all down" making Birds of Tokyo sound like leaders of a revolution.

"I don't think it's something that needs a hell of a lot of poking, I mean it happens anyway, everything just sort of comes around again, but a bit of destruction never hurt," frontman Ian Kenny said.

They know this is different for them - the sound, the lyrical angst - but it's a risk they felt passionate enough to take despite what their fans might expect to hear.

"Compared to the stuff we've released previously, that rock kind-of pop skin we've held before, this is totally different for us," Spark said.

"But we need to do what we need to do and whatever the consequences are we're equipped to deal with that and accept it."

They admit that they want the album to provoke a reaction.

"I think idealistically you do," Spark said.

"But it's also us yelling from the rooftops and going 'f***'. You've just got to let it out a little because it's frustrating on behalf of us and our friends and peers who struggle to get through a lot of this stuff and it sucks."

*Brace is released on November 4

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