Kero Kero Bonito is the name of a pop and dance-rock band whose origins go back to London, United Kingdom. The three-piece band is made up of friends Gus Lobban & Jamie Bulled, who are both music producers and multi-instrumentalists. The other band member, who is also the lead singer, is the Japanese-English singer Sarah Bonito. Kero Kero Bonito started playing music as a band in 2011 and has experienced a steady rise in popularity that has become more and more important in the mainstream over the years. The band was among those selected to perform at Coachella 2019. We take a look at the formation of the band, their exploits, and some other facts worth knowing.
Kero Kero Bonito – Biography
Kero Kero Bonito is the spiritual child of Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled, two friends born in London in November 1992 and raised in the suburbs. They attended school together and their passion for music brought them together as friends. As instrumentalists and sound engineers, the two began to make music together and knew from school that they only wanted to make music.
Looking for a singer with Japanese roots, Lobban and Bulled went to MixB to look for someone, and that someone would turn out to be Sarah Midori Perry. Perry was born in Japan on March 4, 1991, but spent 13 years in her hometown of Hokkaido, Japan before her parents moved to the UK. Since 2012 she has been attending the MixB platform, which helped her to quickly get used to English culture.
The time when Lobban and Bulled were pursuing their search for a singer for MixB coincided with a time in Perry’s life when she was looking for something more. She was in her final year at Kingston University London, where she earned a BA degree in Fine Arts. Sarah was among the first to respond to the ad, and Loban and Bulled loved her immediately.
Perry’s early experience in professional music as part of a girls’ group was very useful for Lobban and Bulled, who had none. In August 2014, Kero Kero Bonito released their debut mixtape, Intro Bonito, on Double Denim Records. One month later, in September 2014, they contributed to “shh#ffb6c1”, the EP released by Canadian DJ Ryan Hemsworth.
About a year after the release of their first record, Kero Kero Bonito began their first American tour in August 2015. After gaining much-needed traction, the band released its first studio album Bonito Generation in October 2016 with great success.
Kero Kero Bonito is known for incorporating video game melodies into their music. They had a busy 2018, when they released their second album Time ‘n’ Place, and their third EP TOTEP.
The members of Kero Kero Bonito were very secretive about details about their families. For Lobban and Bulled, nothing else is publicly known about them except that they grew up in the London suburbs. For Sarah Perry, best known by her stage name Sarah Bonito, her Japanese origin is perhaps the only publicly known information about her heritage.
Facts About The Musicians
– Kero Kero Bonito deliberately made her stage name ambiguous. The name refers to many things, including the onomatopoeic words for frog quacks, the Brazilian quero-quero bird, a species of fish, and the Portuguese translation of “I want, I want, beautiful”.
– Sarah Bonito played saxophone for her school jazz band during junior high school.
– In 2019 Sarah Bonito started a different career as a DJ. She spins under the abbreviation DJ Cryalot.
– Besides music Sarah Bonito has a great passion for the arts, which is one of the reasons why Gus Lobban & Jamie Bulled chose her as a singer. Some of her visual artworks are scattered across her social media sites.
– Both Bonito Gus Lobban & Jamie Bulled have other music projects besides Kero Kero Bonito. Lobban releases his own music under the name Kane West, while Bulled, a former member of the band Kabogaeries, records his own music under the name Wharfwhit.
– For live performances, Kero Kero Bonito includes Jennifer Walton on drums and James Rowland on guitar.
– Her album Time ‘n’ Place was inspired by events in her personal life, including the demolition of Sarah’s childhood home in Japan.