Kero Kero Bonito Find Themselves Locked Into A Dysfunctional Pop Groove

Thursday 24th, October 2019 / 10:00
By Colin Gallant

Photo: Brad Simm

Oct. 22, 2019
Commonwealth Bar & Stage

U.K. indie-pop act Kero Kero Bonito did something nearly impossible on a cold Tuesday in Calgary, filling the house at Commonwealth and keeping the audience in an iron grip.

Anchored by the irrepressible swagger and joy of vocalist Sarah Bonito, the band’s mix of saccharine melody and experimental electronic wonk leaned mostly to the pop side during a 20+ song set.

On their recorded works, one of the most exciting things about KKB is the way they juxtapose nursery-rhyme pop with a short circuit of dysfunction.

Though their live show mostly did away with the danger, an enthusiastic crown who sang, clapped and jumped along didn’t seem to mind a bit. Maybe it was the absurd references to the Flames and Moxies made in a British accent, maybe it was the fact that we all wished we could be as cool as Sarah Bonito, maybe it was that the median age was about 19. Whatever it was, Kero Kero Bonito were locked into a groove of harmonious celebration the whole night through.