One of the more notable aspects of the PS5 reveal event, which took place on the 11th of June 2020, was the plethora of indie games on show. One of the indie games that has caught the attention of gamers worldwide is Bugsnax. Among a host of great games, Bugsnax managed to stand out thanks to its unique, colorful art style and its quirky personality. Most importantly, however, Bugsnax features a catchy theme song performed by Kero Kero Bonito. It has proven itself to be quite the ear-worm.
Kero Kero Bonito is a pop group from London whose melodies are often reminiscent of nursery rhymes. It is not out of place to have them singing a video game theme song, as their music often features video game-ish sounds.
On the 26th of June 2020, a member of Kero Kero Bonito, Gus Lobban, revealed a bit more about how his group came to compose music for Bugsnax. In a blog post for PlayStation, Gus reveals that the briefing he got from Young Horses, the developers of Bugsnax, went something like this:
So, the game’s called Bugsnax, and it’s about this island where all the creatures are part bug, part snack, and when the Grumpuses eat them, their body parts transform into them. Let me know if you’ve got any questions!
Gus also claims that he chose chords that gave a sense of “mystical intrigue” and a “‘lost world’ atmosphere”. Unfortunately, the song had to be produced when much of the world was in quarantine due to the 2020 pandemic, so members of Kero Kero Bonito could not meet up in person. Consequently, ‘It’s Bugsnax!’ was one of the first songs the band recorded remotely.
In an earlier interview with USGamer, the head of Young Horses, Philip Tibitoski, spoke a bit about why Kero Kero Bonito was chosen to record Bugsnax‘s theme song. According to Philip, the decision was made after listening to Kero Kero Bonito’s song ‘Picture This’, which instantly convinced them that Kero Kero Bonito would be the perfect fit.
Although little information has been given on Bugsnax, it has been revealed that it is a first-person game that has you exploring Snaktooth Island to solve the mystery of Elizabeth Megafig’s disappearance. With Young Horses recently drawing comparisons between Bugsnax and Bioshock, it is unclear whether Bugsnax will be a cute kid’s game or a horror game in disguise. Either way, its catchy tune has got gamers interested.