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Kero Kero Bonito (KKB) churn out shiny, happy pop so irresistible even the most disenchanted of punks can't resist it. Since coming together in 2011, the London trio has been creating a fascinating fusion of quirky J-pop, upbeat dancehall, electro blips and bleeps, and noisy indie rock. 

It all began when former schoolmates and producers/multi-instrumentalists Gus Lobban (who also records music as Kane West and Augustus) and Jamie Bulled (who also performs as Wharfwhit) put up an ad on an online forum for Japanese expats in the UK. They were looking for a band member interested in Japanese rap. Artist Sarah Midori Perry (aka Sarah Bonito) responded and, though she had no experience singing professionally, got the gig. 

The name Kero Kero Bonito has a few different meanings: In Japanese, "kero kero" is the sound a frog makes and "bonito" is a type of fish. Meanwhile, in Portuguese, a similar translation results in "I want, I want beautiful." 

However you interpret the name, their sound is a cross-cultural blend that was first displayed in full on their 2014 debut mixtape ‘Intro Bonito,' released by British indie record label Double Denim Records. Perry sings and raps in both English and Japanese as Lobban and Bulled bring it all to life with bouncy, Casio-fueled electro-pop. Later that year, the band also appeared on Canadian DJ and producer Ryan Hemsworth's compilation EP ‘shh#ffb6c1' with single "Flamingo," which remains one of their most popular songs.

By 2015, the trio headed out on their first North American tour, and one year later they dropped their debut album, Bonito Generation, which reached No. 9 on Billboard's U.S. World Albums chart. In 2017, the ‘Bonito Retakes' EP came out, featuring notable remixes by artists like Frankie Cosmos, CFCF, and Saint Etienne. 

By the next year, KKB began pushing their sound into a heavier rock and power-pop style with EP ‘TOTEP,' and later with their second studio album, Time ‘n' Place. At the end of 2018, they added a few new members to their live band setup and set out for another extensive North American tour, all leading up to their debut at the prestigious Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2019.