It’s been almost two decades since Birds of Tokyo formed in Perth. And in the years since, they have grown from their local independent roots to one of Australia’s most loved bands.
From top ten singles and the stages of every major Australian festival including Falls, Splendour In The Grass, and Groovin’ The Moo, as well as headlining slots at the AFL Grand Final and NRL’s flagship State of Origin game – they’ve never lost their connection to their home city.
Now, the five-piece are set to close out the Coopers Live, Loud, and Local series with a special Perth show. To celebrate the occasion, Birds of Tokyo are taking us inside some of their favourite places in Perth.
Birds Of Tokyo’s Favourite Perth Haunts
One of my favorite spots to hang in Perth is the new Scarborough strip. I used to spend time there as a younger grom surfing, but it was pretty rough back then with just a couple of pubs and a Maccas and a fight or two in the car park. Now there’s a killer skate park, good cafes and bars, plus heaps of surf out the front. El Grotto is one of my favourite bars by far. Many loose nights sampling tequila and mescal.
While on tour in January, Glenn and I hit the Grosvenor Hotel for old time’s sake and to our surprise his first band’s sticker was still up above the ‘Backroom’ stairs after almost 20 years. Some of these venues were institutions and a full-time hang for so many of us for so long, but things change for one reason or another, so now more than ever make sure you hit up all the Perth venues currently supporting local music, because you never know when they may disappear!
Wake up at 6am, head to Scarborough for a surf with a couple of mates. There’s plenty of surf banks across Scarb’s so everyone can find their own zone. After that maybe grab a coffee at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Floreat.
Maylands Peninsula – I love the glorious running track that travels along the Swan River. Heaps of trees so the sun doesn’t nail you. I’ve never been brilliant at meditating, so putting on a podcast and running is the best way for me to clear my mind. There’s also a 5km community run that happens every Saturday at 8am.
Jump on my old boy’s boat and head to Rotto for the day. Eat cheese and sip bevies on the back. Maybe hook a couple of dhueys on the way in.
Birds of Tokyo will take over Hotel Rottnest for Coopers Live, Loud and Local on Sunday 11 April.