Birds Of Tokyo - Fremantle Prison, Janaury 8th 2021 | Photo Credit: Linda Dunjey


It’s not often we get to review a show that is held in a venue that is not necessarily known as a live music venue but the chance to catch a show at the iconic Fremantle Prison was a must. Throw in our first review of the year with Birds Of Tokyo and it seems all the cards were lined up to kick off 2021. Steve Monaghan reports in.


Tonight was a first seeing a show at the historical landmark of Fremantle Prison, to be precise the courtyard, to see Perth legends Birds of Tokyo. I was a little unsure as to how this may go over in terms of sound but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Kicking off tonight’s show was multi instrumentalist Brayden Sinbbald. Now opening any show as I’ve said on many occasions is no easy task but Brayden did a great job for the early bird crowd playing an upbeat set and showcasing an amazing array of talent playing an electronic drum kit, guitar and synthesiser keyboard simultaneously. I was literally gob smacked, all I can say is if you get a chance go and see him live you won’t be disappointed, definitely a great to start the night.

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Next up to entertain the now growing crowd was a synth pop crew Dulcie. Now I have to say it fell a little flat for me however in saying that they seemed to have an energetic group bobbing along with them so wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t for me tonight.

Now for the main event – Birds Of Tokyo. Now like every other time that I’ve seen them which by now I’d say the place was almost capacity crowd, the band were steamrolling through a mixed bag set and the band seemed to be having an absolute blast interacting with the crowd joking around. Stand outs and favourites were thick and fast including the songs Plans, Designed, Lanterns, Good Lord, Wayside, Empire, Brace, Weekend and the list goes on.


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Now I could go on, anyone who has seen them knows what a fantastic show you will get, flawless in every sense of the word. I came home voiceless and so pumped, not one ounce of disappointment here and judging by the crowd tonight I’m not wrong.


Photos by Linda Dunjey Photography


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