I've been a massive fan of Birds of Tokyo for years, I first discovered their music back in '07, when they dropped their record Day One with the amazing 'Wayside'; a fan was born the second I heard that song. I followed their music religiously before leaving Australia, even when they continually slid from Alt to Pop Rock and back again. I still loved their music, because no matter what sound they'd use, I could always hear singer Ian Kenny's soul laid out for all to hear.
It has been quite a bit since I last checked out the Perth five piece, so I was more than a little shocked with the current position of their genre. But after the first listen to all four of the singles released in the lead up to Human Design, has left me wanting more, the music may have softened, but the passion hadn't dampened at all.
It's no secret to fans of Birds of Tokyo that lead singer Ian Kenny has gone through his own personal Hell of late with the break up of his marriage, just listen to the last record Brace for the evidence of this, but the current mood seems to have shifted to one of acceptance and happiness. 'Two of Us', the latest of the singles for the upcoming Human Design really highlights this with its light and breezy feel and positive lyrics of with the help of friends, Kenny is well on the road of healing.
Despite the fact 'Two of Us' doesn't have the gritty Alt Rock sound that I love from Birds of Tokyo, I still really enjoy this tune. Because it's a statement from the band, that even in the darkest of times, there is always a way back, and they're speaking from experience. While I might like Birds' older stuff, I can't deny the power of 'Two of Us'.