Kero Kero Bonito Share Video For SWIMMING, Plus NA Tour Dates Including Coachella
Kero Kero Bonito's critically-acclaimed sophomore album Time 'n' Place was surprise-released last year on Polyvinyl Record Co. and the band recently announced a forthcoming 7-inch out May 17th. The 7-inch will include Time 'n' Place highlight "Swimming" as the A-Side and a newer track "The Open Road" as the B-Side. Today, the band releases the video for "Swimming," a track the band says is "about visiting the beach with your mother as a child, and returning as an adult without her. It's a tribute to growing up, our mums and the '70s singer-songwriters we enjoy together." Watch "Swimming," filmed off the coast of Dorset, England, HERE.
Check out "Swimming" / "The Open Road" on DSPs HERE.
Pre-order the "Swimming" 7-inch HERE.
International tour dates:
03/22 - New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music + Art Project
04/02 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird #
04/03 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room #
04/04 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater #
04/05 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room #
04/06 - Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater #
04/08 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sister #
04/09 - El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace #
04/10 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile #
04/12 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/13 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon #
04/15 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah #
04/18 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah # [SOLD OUT]
04/19 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/20 - San Jose, CA @ The Ritz #
04/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall #
04/23 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
04/24 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore # [SOLD OUT]
04/25 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos #
04/25 - 04/27 - Reykjavík, Iceland @ Sónar Reykjavík
05/18 - Wrexham, UK @ The Live Rooms @ FOCUS Wales
05/23 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
06/09 - Manchester, UK @ Parklife Festival
06/15 - 06/16 - Oakland, CA @ Porter Robinson's Second Sky
06/21 - 06/23 - Amiens, France @ Minuit Avant La Nuit Festival
07/04 - 07/06 - Dumfries, UK @ Electric Fields Festival
07/11 - 07/13 - Bilbao, Spain @
=- Bilbao BBK Live 2019
07/18 - 07/21 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/26 - 07/28 - Derbyshire UK @ Indietracks Festival
08/16 - 08/18 - Gdansk, Poland @ Soundrive Festival
08/23 - 08/25 - Chorzow, Poland @ Silesia Festival
08/29 - 09/01 - Dorset, UK @ End of The Road Festival
08/30 - 09/01 - Laois, Ireland @ Electric Picnic Festival [SOLD OUT]
# w/ Jaakko Eino Kalevi
More on Time 'n' Place:
The sophomore full-length from Kero Kero Bonito, Time 'n' Place is an album ineffably shaped by the subconscious. Lead singer and chief lyricist Sarah Bonito (who was raised in the suburbs on the Japanese island Hokkaido) found herself rattled in recent years by recurring images in her dreams: a water park from when she was little, a hallway in her primary school. After those dreams started, she also received an unexpected photo from her brother: a picture of a plot of bare land that once held her childhood home, the house now demolished. ("I felt like I'd lost something, even though I didn't know I needed it," she says.) And in another heartbreak for Sarah, 2017 saw the death of her beloved childhood pet, a boy budgie named Nana whom she received soon after moving to the UK at age 13.
At the same time, Sarah's fellow KKB members experienced some life-changing upheaval, including the loss of several close family members. So when the London trio began writing again, they felt compelled to diverge from the carefree sensibilities of their early work (a form of kitsch electro-pop that jumbled up lo-fi dance music with bilingual lyrics, British TV references, and stories about animals). Resuming a very teenage and visceral approach to making music, KKB effectively morphed into a band, with Sarah on vocals, Jamie Bulled on bass, Gus Lobban on drums, and their friend James Rowland on guitar. Their debut for Polyvinyl, Time 'n' Place is a document of that band finding its voice, a coming-of-age story told in warped guitar solos, shining melodies, unnervingly tender lyrics about yogurt and seafoam and feral parakeets.
Though much of Time 'n' Place was self-produced in Gus's bedroom in the London suburb of Bromley, it was also partly recorded by Jimmy Robertson (Arctic Monkeys, f Buttons) and Stereolab drummer Andy Ramsay (King Krule, Wire) at Ramsay's Press Play Studio in South London. Along with Rowland, the album features contributions from noise/electronic musician Jennifer Walton, a string arrangement by composer Calum Bowen (aka bo en), and a three-part choir made up of Cecile Believe, Oscar Scheller, and Crying's z (aka Elaiza Santos). Built on the same volatile energy that's made KKB's live shows famously mosh-heavy, Time 'n' Placecollages those elements together in a sound that's both chaotic as punk and symphonic as '60s pop.
For KKB the urgency of Time 'n' Place was imperative-they needed to process their pain and confusion in frantic, kinetic movements, and bashing away on drums and guitars felt more fitting than assembling songs on a laptop. It's also much more true to their upbringing as musicians, back when Gus and Jamie were growing up in the South London suburbs and played in garage bands together all during their school days. With the added vision and otherworldly voice of Sarah-who spent her adolescence in the UK town of Kenilworth, and met Gus and Jamie on a web forum five years ago-the classically dissident music of their indie-rock forebears takes on weirder and more wonderful textures and colors, giving way to something dreamy and transcendent but not without its nightmare moments.
Credit: Tracey Ng