TOKENVIEW

TOKENVIEW

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandRockPop

We make harmony-heavy pop/rock, but perhaps it might be better to quote some trendy online blogger types here instead... "Tokenview is music to fill the Arcade Fire shaped hole in all of us." - Be Silent. "Beautiful noise." - Sink Mag. "Tokenview has brought the epic back." - Luckybuster

Biography

Duality. Two singers. Two songwriters. Two drummers (at times). Two brothers. Two stylistic sides to the one musical coin.

Tokenview's adventurous, diverse forthcoming album ‘Patience at Sea’ features collaborations with some of Australia's musical elite, including Wally De Backer (aka Gotye), Midnight Oil legend Rob Hirst and emerging Melbourne songstress Megan Washington.

The band has a formidable live reputation that has seen them invited to support Foo Fighters, Birds of Tokyo, Dappled Cities, The Mess Hall and countless others.

Whether being beaten at pool by a drunken one-armed man, lighting a stage with an old television, or trying to sleep sitting up on tour for the upteenth time, the one constant is that Tokenview will deliver a consistently strong and entertaining, harmony-fuelled rock show every single time.

Bereft of fickle fashion or passing trends in pop culture, the focuses of this young band are solely on the art of song and performance.

Lyrics

What Can I Do

Written By: Tokenview

What Can I Do

Up and down I go
My body’s always fighting to survive
Give me some control
Give me what I need

Always to and fro
I want to rip these vultures off my back
I need you to prescribe
It’s only to survive

What can I do?

Round and round I go
I get so high I’m burning holes in my eyes
I need you to prescribe
Give me what I need

Confused and deluded
I’m blinded by the signs
My sugar, your table
It’s only to survive

Patience at Sea

Written By: Tokenview

Patience at Sea

I will believe in the strong willed
Believe in the unfulfilled
And all of their patience
I am a chip off the old block
With a chip on my shoulder
And a chip in my brain

But I will wait for you
I will wait for you, if you want me to

Heaving, we’re capsized and sinking
The first mate’s just drinking
Is he out of his mind?
Silence, I’d rather the quiet
Than to witness this violence
We plunder for love

We didn’t come this far to drown
I think I can turn this boat around

Nervous & Free

Written By: Tokenview

Nervous & Free

I am the product of a lucky land, a desert and a sea
I sent a letter home to my one true love, to promise I’d return
These days are changing, cos they give us all we need
Asleep while they sing a song to set us free

Nervous and free, frightened and free

I read my fortune in the daily news, didn’t come as a surprise
I am the product of your tabloid cues, man they keep me paranoid
As we grow older, with our promises in the sky
The trail grows colder, it brings the blood and dust to our eyes

Beautiful Disguise

Written By: Tokenview

Beautiful Disguise

It only takes a second to believe in something if you see it with your own two eyes
A story is unfolding right in front of you and I but we’re too blind to give it our time

I hope it’s easy to acclimatise
We’ve got a beautiful disguise

When I was a boy I could paint anything but what will happen when there’s nothing left?
In desperate times we’re pushed to find the answers that’ll get us out of all the mess we’re in

Patterns

Written By: Tokenview

Patterns

Reading Auster, gaining a sense of myself, oh well
Pulled back the curtains and danced with the light on the sill, a thrill
Thumbing the corner, feeling the book bending shape, too late

But I see new life in all of these patterns

Now that the cops are on my lawn
Don’t think I’ll stay up late for quite this long
And all I’ve got left are my little songs
I’ll sing them for you

Reading naked, spending the night by herself, oh well
Floor is leaking, animals race through the house, I’m out

The Ordinary people live ordinary lives, singing ordinary rhymes like mine
A Church without a steeple, and a mouse without a home, and a man whose age is unknown

And it makes me so…

Discography

'Self-titled' EP - 2003
'Good Company' EP - 2005
'Tiny Buildings' single - 2007
'Patience at Sea' album - due for release Nov 2009

Set List

We have played sets of varying length, but often it'll be 45min - 1 hour. Song titles of ours include: 'Patience at Sea', 'Beautiful Disguise', 'Broken China Doll', 'Patterns', 'Nervous & Free', 'Watching the Sun', along with many more. We will occasionally do a cover and in the past have covered songs by Split Enz, Talking Heads, The Police and Bowie.