The Thekla Archives: 2019

Kero Kero Bonito, Fantome & Rough Trade Presents: Kero Kero Bonito

  • Friday 8th February 2019
  • Supported by: Peaness


700 Website Kero Kero Bonito

A London trio dedicated to the power of radical positivity in pop, Kero Kero Bonito make bright, shiny songs indebted to J-pop, video game music, and dancehall. The group formed in the early 2010s when producers and multi-instrumentalists Gus Lobban (who also records as Kane West and Augustus) and Jamie Bulled (who also makes music as Wharfwhit), decided to form a pop band with a direct sound and international appeal. The former schoolmates searched for a vocalist on MixB, an online forum for Japanese expatriates. They found Sarah Midori Perry, a half-Japanese, half-English artist who had moved to the U.K. at age 13 and developed the band's subversively cute visuals.

Kero Kero Bonito's debut single "Coursework Story" appeared in 2012 and was followed by a slew of tracks as well as the 2014 mixtape Bonito Intro. Later that year, Bonito Recycling featured Intro Bonito remixes by Danny L. Harle and Spazzkid. The trio released its debut album Bonito Generation in 2016 and chased it with Bonito (Retakes), an EP of remixes by artists including Frankie Cosmos, CFCF, and Saint Etienne, the following year. Kero Kero Bonito went in a different direction with 2018's TOTEP EP and its single "Only Acting," incorporating punky guitars and live drums into their music.


The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Doors 7:00pm
Ages 14+

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