The group’s new single, “Only Acting,” bears the aforementioned hallmarks of their earlier work: Perry’s signature chirp is front and center, and the drums are as danceable as ever. But it has an experimental edge lacking in previous KKB material. Even with such radical experimentation, Kero Kero Bonito are able to turn “Only Acting” into a masterfully executed song.
“Everybody Thinks They Know (But No One Really Knows)” is hamstrung by its ambition to be both a punk head-banger and a radio-friendly indie anthem. And in the end, it achieves neither goal, too intentional for punk and too melodically Spartan for indie pop.