There’s something remarkably endearing about a London based J-Pop band that sings about happy, shiny things like waking up late and jumping on trampolines. But in the case of Kero Kero Bonito, it’s not all child play. In fact, KKB (as they refer to themselves) has found a sugary-sweet spot between innocence and mischief without compromising a seasoned sense of self-assurance. The result? A pop explosion that is equal parts DDR (that’s Dance Dance Revolution for anyone born before 1990) and C+C Music Factory’s Gonna Make You Sweat (for that “Everybody Dance Now” song for anyone born after 1990.)
Fresh off a new single release for “Trampoline,” and rave reviews from NPR and Stereogum, Party Store Productions presents Kero Kero Bonito is performing in Detroit on October 27th at El Club with Jonah Baseball. According to NPR, “Kero Kero Bonito is a glitter cannon to the heart, a highly caffeinated mix of ’90s house-pop, ’80s synth-pop and J-pop, with English and Japanese singing and rapping from Sarah Midori Perry.”
Formed in 2013, vocalist Sarah Midori Perry is joined by producers Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled and have turned to a Casio mini-keyboard for their poppy, sonic circus sound. Two years after their debut Intro Bonito, KKB returned this month with the sophomore saccharine satiated album Bonito Generation which covers topics like high school graduation, being a fish in a fishbowl and keeping in touch with mum and dad. Cheeky and flirtatious, KKB keeps things PG and sheds light on shadows the way pop music was intended to do (just with more trampoline jumping.)
Kero Kero Bonito’s new album Bonito Generation is out now on Double Denim Records.
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// Words & Interview by Jerilyn Jordan. @_volcano // An untamed writer with an insatiable affinity for vivid descriptive detail and pushing the boundaries of traditional music journalism by infusing her own life experiences and beautifully tortured observations. In addition to her music coverage, Jerilyn also writes heartbreaking and comedic autobiographical essays that likely originated as sporadic sentences written on bar napkins.
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