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Gig: Kero Kero Bonito @ Scala

Time for another gig and this time brit J-pop act Kero Kero Bonito. Two keyboard guys and a half-Brit, half-Japanese singer/rapper called Sara. I only discovered this lot after Spotify suggested their track "Lip Slap", which I liked and with a new album Benito Generation having just been released (and which I like) I thought I'd go and see them.

The support act was someone called Oscar, apparently a long-time friend of the band. He was alright but his voice was noticeably deep for the music he was singing. As a support he did his job though.

Kero Kero Bonito are unashamedly pop, and embrace it and the songs are straightforward in depth and sung in a mixture of English and Japanese with music that sounds like it has been produced on a nintendo. The song with the biggest reaction was one from their previous album and questioned how much shrimp a flamingo had to eat to turn it's pigment pink; the Otaku crowd were well into that.

The encore featured a second reworking of the track "Graduation" which is one of the stronger tracks on the new album, and we had the obligatory costume change, and being Japanese we went from pink romper suit to the graduation robes that feature on the album.

So a good night, and a fun, respectful crowd, which isn't always the case at gigs, but with no negativity in the bands material you'd be out of place if you brought it here.

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