Kero Kero Bonito Makes it Across the Pond to D.C. this Tuesday

By Maura Beste

photo via MTV

Kero Kero Bonito is coming from London to the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C this upcoming Tuesday, October 8th. The three-piece band includes vocalist Sarah Bonito, and producer/instrumentalists Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled. Their music is considered indie/electropop but heavily derives from J-pop and chiptunes. In their 2018 album, they stray further from dance-rock, taking inspiration from Mount Eerie and My Bloody Valentine as well as adding elements of noise music and rap.

The first thing I had ever heard about Kero Kero Bonito was that everyone who likes Death Grips likes KKB too. Oddly enough, even though the two bands are so different I’ve found that to be sort of true. Either way, right after saying this, my friend introduced me to “Flamingo”, which was probably your first Kero Kero Bonito Song too. I loved how upbeat and fun it was and immediately put in on my dance playlist but it wasn’t until a month later that I listened to their 2018 album “Time ‘n’ Place”.

This album sounded loud even when the volume was low, whenever I put this album on I can’t zone out and forget music is playing. Seamlessly switching between English and Japanese, Sarah Bonito’s vocals range from light and airy (like on “Dear Future Self”) to rapping (like on “Outside”). While this album is my favorite, I love the tracks “Big City” from Bonito Generation for its chiptune feeling and “When the Fire Comes” from their new EP Civilisation I. Assuming they’re working on a new album featuring the songs from Civilisation I, I’m looking forward to seeing if they play some unreleased tracks on Tuesday!