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According to the band 'Brace' was created to be played live - hence the opening lines of the opening track that invite the listener to "come take a seat, enjoy the show." This is why they are unveiling it with a gig rather than an online stream or suchlike. It's a muscular but deeply layered journey that's deliberately conceived to be shared physically - not just digitally. It should be no surprise that these songs were written during the rise of Trump and the return of Hanson. It's not an overtly political album but there's an end-of-days mood pervading each of these tunes and it makes for an unusually cohesive body of work. From the brutal opening riffage of "Harlequins" it's clear that the band has a point to prove and all is not well. This outlook is most explicit on songs like "Empire" where crumbling walls are torn down and on the closer "Mercy Arms" which literally tracks the final moments of life support.
Birds of Tokyo - "Brace" ..... Online Price $39.60