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      November 1, 2019

      Friday   9:00 PM

      143 South Cedros Avenue
      Solana Beach, California 92075

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      Kero Kero Bonito

      with Negative Gemini
      KERO KERO BONITO(Sarah Midori Perry, Gus Lobban, Jamie Bulled)The sophomore full-length from Kero Kero Bonito, Time n Place is an album ineffably shapedby the subconscious. Lead singer and chief lyricist Sarah Bonito (who was raised in the suburbson the Japanese island Hokkaido) found herself rattled in recent years by recurring images inher dreams: a water park from when she was little, a hallway in her primary school. After thosedreams started , she also received an unexpected photo from her brother: a picture of a plot ofbare land that once held her childhood home, the house now demolished. (I felt like Id lostsomething, even though I didnt know I needed it, she says.) And in another heartbreak forSarah, 2017 saw the death of her beloved childhood pet, a boy budgie named Nana whom shereceived soon after moving to the UK at age 13.At the same time, Sarahs fellow KKB members experienced some life-changing upheaval,including the loss of several close family members. So when the London trio began writingagain, they felt compelled to diverge from the carefree sensibilities of their early work (a form ofkitsch 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 on bass, Gus on drums, andtheir friend James Rowland on guitar. Their debut for Polyvinyl, Time n Place is a document ofthat 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 Guss bedroom in the London suburb ofBromley, it was also partly recorded by Jimmy Robertson (Arctic Monkeys, Fuck Buttons) andStereolab drummer Andy Ramsay (King Krule, Wire) at Ramsays Press Play Studio in SouthLondon. Along with Rowland, the album features contributions from noise/electronic musicianJennifer Walton, a string arrangement by composer Calum Bowen (aka bo en), and a three-partchoir made up of Cecile Believe, Oscar Scheller, and Cryings z (aka Elaiza Santos). Built on thesame volatile energy thats made KKBs live shows famously mosh-heavy, Time n Placecollages those elements together in a sound thats both chaotic as punk and symphonic as 60spop.For KKB the urgency of Time n Place was imperativethey needed to process their pain andconfusion in frantic, kinetic movements, and bashing away on drums and guitars felt more fittingthan assembling songs on a laptop. Its 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 garagebands together all during their school days. With the added vision and otherworldly voice ofSarahwho spent her adolescence in the UK town of Kenilworth, and met Gus and Jamie on aweb forum five years agothe classically dissident music of their indie-rock forebears takes onweirder and more wonderful textures and colors, giving way to something dreamy andtranscendent but not without its nightmare moments.While loss of innocence is an overriding theme on Time n Place , the album is weighted withexistential reflections of all kinds. Make Believe is partly about lucid dreaming, but its alsoabout self-inflicted anxiety, and the danger in slipping into fantasy as a way to escape fear.Time Today is about waking up early and feeling determined to make the most of the day, andthe sad/sweet navet of that optimism in the face of self-sabotage. Only Acting follows asocial-media-age identity crisis, the song itself coming unhinged as its narrator spins out ofcontrol. And on Dear Future Self, KKB examine their worries about the state of the world,bending time by including a line about global warming in a song styled toward Brill Building pop.Elsewhere on Time n Place , KKB look into multiverse theory (on If Id Known, a RandyNewman-inspired song featuring a verse rapped by Jamie) and the shift in perspective thatcomes with getting older (on Swimming, a bittersweet tribute to singer-songwriter YumiMatsutoya). Recorded with a gang of their dearest friends, all singing together in a ragtagchorus, Sometimes is a tear-jerkingly hopeful song about pushing through depression. Analbum concerned with the sanctity of physical space in an increasingly virtual world, Time nPlace also speaks to the thrill of going outside (on Outside), the tranquility of the town dump(on Dump), and the surreal stillness of a deserted rest stop (on Rest Stop, a track thatfinishes the album in a beautifully glitched-out non-ending).Within the cartography of Time n Place , the most important space is the suburbs, an aspect oftheir shared past that KKB find infinitely formative. As kids, each member quickly learned theneed to invent their own wildness and excitement, embracing misfit status in a place where anyform of self-expression could be seen as aberrant. That iconoclastic spirit has carried over toKKBs current role in the musical landscape, with Time n Place partly conceived as a reactionagainst the sterility of playlist culture. Its a sublimely untidy album, anarchic but balletic in grace,music born from willful imagination and a sense of purpose best captured in the bands ownwords: More than ever music needs to be set free, because it can be anything, so we justdecided to do whatever the fuck we wanted.

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