Review: Birds of Tokyo at Mojos, Fremantle, 2 November 2017
Thursday night saw Mojos Bar heaving with excitement as local lads Birds of Tokyo returned to the venue that hosted their first gig under that iconic moniker.
Support for the main event was WA-born singer-songwriter Carla Geneve who shyly took the stage with her band in front of a fast-filling venue. That perceived shyness was all facade as Geneve confidently led her three piece through a fantastic, if not all too short set. Her powerful voice commanded attention and the room approved.
Beautifully written songs with interesting and creative chord structures gave home to some great guitar work from Geneve. Moments of dreamy, drifting lead breaks were carefully caressed from her telecaster, while aggressive bends and straining notes were wrung from its neck. A talented performance and perfect warm-up for the excited crowd.
As the house music blared, ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’, ‘Africa’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ had an excited Mojos crowd in full chorus while anticipation built for the headline act. Expectation was super high tonight.
Shadowy figures filing into position on stage drew applause from the packed venue and heralded the beginning of what was to become an epic live performance. Birds of Tokyo proceeded to give their adoring fans 90 minutes of massive stadium rock delivered in intimate surrounds.
At times Mojos felt like it couldn’t contain the juggernaut this band has become and yet what better way to enjoy them – up close and personal. A nod from a superstar band to the grassroots venue they cut their teeth at.
The boys seriously appeared to be enjoying themselves. Vocalist Ian Kenny smiling and high-fiving crowd members who loved every minute of it.
All killer and no filler aptly described the set list that the Birds dealt out. ‘Plans’, ‘I’d Go With You Anywhere’, ‘Broken Bones’, ‘Anchor’; with so many great songs it was hard to determine what could be deemed a highlight as there were surely no lowlights.
Newer songs like ‘Brace’ and ‘Empire’ were classic additions to the live set and made their grand presence felt. The night climaxed with ‘Lanterns’ and ‘This Fire’.
Birds of Tokyo are a polished, professional, talented, super tight class act that doesn’t need to rely on theatrics, and their supporters are passionate. This performance was a special one for all who witnessed.