Anchor (EP)

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EP by
Released 24 April 2015 (2015-04-24)
Recorded 2015, Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Label Birds of Tokyo, EMI Music
Birds of Tokyo chronology
March Fires

Anchor is the third extended play album by Australian alternative/rock group, Birds of Tokyo. It was released in April 2015 and peaked at number 23. It was certified platinum.[1]

The EP was written and recorded in Los Angeles which became Birds of Tokyo's home base for most of 2014. "As we were writing through that time, there was so much going on for us there in L.A.," Ian Kenny explained. "There was lots of shows and we were constantly in and out of the studio with a lot of commitments so we felt like fairly restless creatures – and we were considering calling the EP Restless Creatures," he revealed.[2]

The band toured Australia throughout May and June 2016.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Renowned for Sound 4/5 stars[4]

Jamie Parmenter from Renowned for Sound gave the album 4 out of 5 saying: "Anchor is a brave and bold EP. The band has really focused their energies onto creating something with a different atmosphere to previous work, and it’s really paid off."

Track listing

  1. "Anchor" – 3:36
  2. "Puzzle" – 3:16
  3. "Weight of the World" – 3:25
  4. "Touch the Screen" – 3:27


Weekly charts

Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 23

Year end charts

Chart (2015) Position
Australian Artist Albums (ARIA)[6] 13


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[7] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Label
Australia[8] 24 April 2015 Digital download Birds of Tokyo, EMI Music Australia


  1. ^ "ARIA Single Accreds 2015". Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Hear: Birds Of Tokyo premiere 'Anchor', announce new EP and tour". 20 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Birds of Tokyo Unveil New Sound with "Anchor" and Announce EP Tour for May & June!". 22 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Album Review - Birds of Tokyo "Anchor"". Jamie Parmenter. Renowned for Sound. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ " – Birds of Tokyo – Anchor". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Australian Artists Albums 2015". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  8. ^ "Anchor (EP) by Birds of Tokyo". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
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