While Sydney whiz kid Flume leads the 27th ARIA Awards with eight nominations, hardworking Perth singer Ian Kenny earned the same impressive figure with his two bands - popular rock outfit Birds of Tokyo and heavy rockers Karnivool.
Birds of Tokyo scored six nominations, notably album of the year for March Fires, while Karnivool earned two, including best hard rock/heavy metal album for Asymmetry. The two bands go head-to-head only in the public-voted best Australian live act category, a testament to Kenny's on-stage charisma.
The singer, who now lives in Melbourne, has juggled both bands since 2004. Yesterday, he rehearsed with Karnivool in Perth while his Birds of Tokyo band mates flew to Los Angeles for promotional duties.
Thanks to hit singles Plans, This Fire and the song of the year-nominated Lanterns, the Birds are becoming regulars at the annual industry shindig.
Birds of Tokyo will support English rockers Muse at Perth Arena on November 30 before taking a red-eye flight to Sydney to rehearse for their performance at the televised awards on December 1.Simon Collins