3, 2, 1, lift-off, infinity! Let's go on a Kero Kero journey
If you’re up-to-date with all the hottest Hong Kong concerts as well as music festivals in Asia, you’re probably aware that one of the most up-and-coming female-fronted bands Kero Kero Bonito is about to headline Gluestick Fest 2019 on 12 May at KITEC. From their bubbly mixtape Intro Bonito and debut album Bonito Generation to the darkly comical sophomore album Time ‘n’ Place, the British indie pop band have changed their characters and truly reinvented themselves. Trust me, listening to songs by Kero Kero Bonito is the greatest sensation, and here are six of our favourite KKB tunes to get you started.
Six songs by Kero Kero Bonito you need to know before Gluestick Fest 2019
This is one of the most significant songs by Kero Kero Bonito ever since they’ve ditched the upbeat persona and embraced their darkly inventive side in their sophomore album Time ‘n’ Place. Only Acting is about how being a cheerful frontwoman has consumed the band and that by acting day and night, you can’t help but adopt the character that people wish you to be. And the strange-sounding and creepy ending of the song? KKB go crazy, we dig it.
The music video for Swimming is a beautiful and melancholic cinematic journey by the British trio. Swimming talks about the idea of one step forward two steps back in life – that even though you keep swimming across the sea, you’ll be thrown off course by the change in sea currents. Still, you can keep your head up to watch the shore. Definitely check this one out before hitting up Gluestick Fest 2019 – highly recommended!
Feel stressed out and fancy a break? Break, from their bright and pop-py debut album Bonito Generation, is guaranteed to put you in a good mood with their don’t-give-any-fucks attitude and simplistic yet sincere lyrics: “I know it seems kinda tough, but really it’s easy enough for us to slow down the pace, so we can all go take a break.” This is definitely an oldie but a goodie (plus, Sarah still raps in Japanese on this album!)
Can’t get enough of the new sick sad KKB? Time Today takes place at a mental institution where the lead singer Sarah is trying to get through the day and fit her day with all the perfectly normal routines. If you’ve watched the music video, you won’t be surprised that it gives off an eerie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest vibe.
“How many shrimps do you have to eat before you make your skin turn pink?” One of the earliest and most well-known songs by Kero Kero Bonito, Flamingo is a catchy bubblegum song that will get everyone hyped up. For those who aren’t completely obsessed with their reinvented gloomy selves like we are, Flamingo might just be for your liking. And of course when they perform live at Gluestick Fest 2019, you can expect Sarah to be holding a plush pink flamingo on stage (it happens every time).
The Open Road
The Open Road is their latest single, depicting their unfortunate incident in San Francisco last year – someone broke into their van and stole their instruments and even their beloved plush toys (including the Pocket Crocodile!) From the hardship of touring to being homesick, The Open Road is one of the songs by Kero Kero Bonito that we put on replay.
Gluestick Fest 2019, Rotunda Hall 3, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, 九龍灣展貿徑1號九龍灣國際展貿中心地下
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