Surprise! Kero Kero Bonito EP out today - listen to Civilisation I
Surprise! Kero Kero Bonito EP out today - listen to Civilisation I
Posted 09/30/2019

Happy Monday! Ahead of their North American tour kickoff on Thursday, Kero Kero Bonito have blessed your final day of September with a brand new EP titled Civilisation I, out everywhere today. Written and produced by KKB in Gus' room, Civilisation I was recorded using hardware only.

If the band’s most recent full-length, Time 'n’ Place, was about mixing up adolescent nostalgia, contemporary millennial malaise, and the daunting near future — Civilisation I blows up that timeline to cover the ancient past of primitive man, the large-scale situation facing humanity in 2019, and the distant future - when humans have been wiped from the face of Earth.

Battle Lines” imagines Lao Tzu's Art of War in a 21st Century context, taking that tone (war as deception) and placing it in today's world of misinformation amidst political division, et al. “When The Fires Come” tells the story of the wildfires heralding climate change around the world like a fable written from a strangely fatalist perspective; the song's uncanny acceptance of our destruction is designed to be more disturbing than your standard call-to-action. “The River” details a flood apocalypse prophecy, invoking Biblical imagery and acting as something of a companion to “When The Fires Come” ("the longer the drought/the heavier the clouds”).

From their inception Kero Kero Bonito has always been focused on creating a dream vision of pop music — acknowledging its deep history while challenging the status quo. While they’ve explored nostalgic rock, kitsch pop and psychedelic experimentalism, their trademarks — subversion, idealism, craftsmanship — are ever-present on Civilization I.

The band hits the road on tour this week with Negative Gemini - tickets moving quickly:

  • 10/03 - Nashville, TN @ Basement East #
  • 10/04 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West # [SOLD OUT]
  • 10/04 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 Club*
  • 10/05 - Charlotte, NC @ The Underground #
  • 10/06 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall #
  • 10/08 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
  • 10/09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
  • 10/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
  • 10/11 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club # [SOLD OUT]
  • 10/12 - Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre #
  • 10/13 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre #
  • 10/15 - Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop #
  • 10/16 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick #
  • 10/17 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre #
  • 10/17 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village*
  • 10/18 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre #
  • 10/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe #
  • 10/22 - Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar #
  • 10/24 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater #
  • 10/25 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre #
  • 10/27 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
  • 10/29 - Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver #
  • 10/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom #
  • 10/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
  • 11/01 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern #
  • 11/02 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
  • 11/03 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre #
  • 11/05 - Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall #
  • 11/06 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
  • 11/07 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger #
  • 11/08 - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar #
  • 11/09 - New Orleans, LA @ The Republic #
  • 11/10 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury #
  • 11/12 - Gainesville, FL @ High Dive #
  • 11/13 - Orlando, FL @ The Social #
  • 11/14 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum #
  • 11/15 - Miami, FL @ Gramps
  • 11/17 - Mexico City, Mexico @ Corona Capital
  • 12/07 - Singapore, Singapore @ The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions

# w/ Negative Gemini

* Kero Kero Bonito DJ set featuring Kane West, WHARFWHIT