Kero Kero Bonito at Lee’s Palace

What kind of band names themselves Kero Kero Bonito? Well, gauging from the line-up that stretched nearly a block outside Toronto’s Lee’s Palace, one that has a lot of fans.

The diverse attendees, from glammed up females to bearded stoners, crammed into the legendary venue to catch a glimpse of the hyped UK indie rock act.

Live, the core trio of singer Sarah Midori Perry and instrumentalists Jamie and Gus were rounded out by two new accomplices, contributing electric guitar and percussion, respectively.

With more muscle behind them, Kero Kero Bonito nevertheless felt like a band out of time, transported from another decade. However, during their crackling 90- minute set, they galvanized the crowd with harder hitting renditions of some of their most loved tracks.

For instance, Trampoline,a bouncy pop tune, was sonically fleshed out, igniting attendees into a dance frenzy.

Likewise, Flamingo, a sugary sweet salute to peace and love was laced with some driving force, thanks in part to a propulsive drumbeat.

Smiling the entire time, lead singer Sarah made funny faces with the crowd frolicking about with stuffed toy animals. Undoubtedly the heart and soul of Kero Kero Bonito, Sarah’s voice straddled from immense roar to a soft coo to great effect.

Guiding everyone through the show on a wave of happiness, everything felt inviting and communal. Kero Kero Bonito weren’t just utterly fresh and fun, they guaranteed the perfect antidote to a cold November night.


Myles Herod

Myles Herod

Traveller, image maker, pop-culture seeker, storyteller, a guy you want around when things go south. Tastes range from Kubrick to Krautrock, Wu-Tang to Wiseau. Currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
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