Kero Kero Bonito Mixed Irony With Joy at Republic

British band Kero Kero Bonito took to Republic last Saturday, swaying between the ecstatic and the existential. In one moment, they evoked a children’s music concert; in the next, psychedelic rock, and in another, teen rage punk. KKB navigated unexpected turns between diverse musical styles, channeling Avril Lavigne, Bjork, and Animal Planet all at once. On paper, that sounds like a jumbled, even incoherent amalgam.

Kero Kero Bonito Searches for Sense in a Messy World

[Updated Kero Kero Bonito has undergone a sea change. Their sound, once radically cheerful, matured into angsty uncertainty with the release of Time ‘n’ Place in early October. The British pop project started as a simple synth trio, with Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled manning the boards, and Sarah Midori Perry singing and rapping, alternating enthusiastically between English and her native Japanese.

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