Kero Kero Bonito (sometimes shortened to KKB) are a British band from London, England. The band consists of vocalist Sarah Midori Perry, producer Gus Lobban, and producer Jamie Bulled. Their name comes from the Japanese onomatopoeic words for frog croaks and a type of fish.
The band's music is influenced by J-pop, dancehall, and video game music. They write many of their songs using a Casio SA-45 mini-keyboard. Perry raps in both Japanese and English.
Lobban and Bulled grew up in the suburbs south of London and went to school together. They wanted to work with someone who could speak Japanese and posted an advertisement on MixB, an online bulletin board for Japanese expatriates. Perry was one of the first respondents. They selected her based on her background in art and previous experience with a Japanese girl group. The group released their debut album Intro Bonito through Double Denim Records in August 2014.
The band contributed "Flamingo" to Ryan Hemsworth's compilation EP shh#ffb6c1. In September 2014, Kero Kero Bonito released Bonito Recycling, a compilation of Intro Bonito remixes by artists including Danny L Harle and Spazzkid. The band released the single "Build It Up", on which Perry sings in a call and response pattern, in November 2014. They plan to release another album in 2015. On August 10, 2015 Kero Kero Bonito announced their first North American tour which is taking place during October 2015.
Electronic musician Spazzkid was a fan of Kero Kero Bonito and enlisted Perry to rap on "Truly" from his 2014 Promise EP. In 2015 she was featured on "Everyday", the debut single by producer Chroma-kei.
Lobban also records music under the name Kane West. He won a remix contest for Tiga's "Let's Go Dancing" with Audion. He contributed to PC Music's mix for DISown. He later released his Western Beats EP through the label. Tiny Mix Tapes ranked the EP 31st on their list of "Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014", and Fact placed Western Beats 33rd on its year-end list. The following year, his song "T.R.U.E.L.O.V.E." appeared on Folie Douce's second Confessions compilation.
As well as Kane West, Lobban also releases solo work as Augustus, a project influenced heavily by Japanese city pop music. Under this name he has released an original song entitled "Vs." (as part of a promotional compilation for Zoom Lens), as well as cover versions of songs by GFOTY and Perfume. He also provides vocals on the song "Money Won't Pay" by fellow London musician Bo En.