Kero Kero Bonito – “Graduation”

Since their Intro Bonito mixtape came out in 2014, Kero Kero Bonito have been putting out a steady trickle of one-offs: “Flamingo,” “Build It Up,” “Picture This,” “Chicken,” “Lipslap,” and “Break.” A few of those will be included on their just-announced debut album, called Bonito Generation, alongside quite a few new tracks. One of those new ones is “Graduation,” which takes the technicolor KKB formula and applies it to the deflated joy that comes with leaving school but realizing that most of it was pointless time-wasting. “Today’s my graduation/ So long to education/ Didn’t learn a thing anyway,” Sarah Perry sings in the chorus. The verses spin a tale of lying grown-ups setting up unrealistic expectations for the future, told in both English and Japanese. It’s another gem from the UK trio, and you can listen to it and check out the album details and upcoming tour dates below.

01 “Waking Up”
02 “Heard A Song”
03 “Graduation”
04 “Fish Bowl”
05 “Big City”
06 “Break”
07 “Lipslap”
08 “Try Me”
09 “Paintbrush”
10 “Trampoline”
11 “Picture This”
12 “Hey Parents”

Tour Dates:
10/12 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
10/13 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
10/16 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
10/19 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10/21 San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
10/26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
10/27 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
10/28 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
10/29 Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
10/30 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
11/02 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/04 Philadelphia, PA @ Coda
11/05 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
11/06 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

Bonito Generation is out 10/21 via Double Denim Records.