Icelandic Rock Band: Kaleo
The other day one of my Facebook friends posted a video in their newsfeed of a band that I had never heard of. I gave the video a listen, and I have to say that I kind of dig their sound. So, today's post I'm sharing information about the band in hopes to get their name out there just a little bit more.
Kaleo is an Icelandic rock band, formed in 2012. The band consists of JJ Julius Son (vocals and guitar), Davíð Antonsson (percussion and vocals), Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson (bass guitar), and Rubin Pollock (guitar and vocals).
Kaleo has released two studio albums, Kaleo (2013) and A/B (2016), as well as an EP, Glasshouse (2013).
The band's first major public appearance was at Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in November 2012. They gained fame after their song "Vor í Vaglaskógi" got heavy rotation on Icelandic state broadcaster RÚV's radio station Rás 2 and was featured on the station's top 10 list. This song is also featured in the first episode of the TV series Trapped.
In early 2015, Kaleo signed with Atlantic Records and subsequently relocated to Austin, TX. Throughout 2015, Kaleo got increasing attention in the United States. The band's South by Southwest (SXSW) debut in 2015 garnered press from Esquire's "40 Bands You Need to Hear" as well as NPR's "The Austin 100: SXSW 2015 Feature and All Songs Considered SXSW 2015 Music Preview". "All the Pretty Girls" peaked at number 9 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart.
In August 2015, Kaleo released the single "Way Down We Go", which also performed well. This song was featured in the show Blindspot, the FIFA 16 soundtrack, the season 5 finale of Suits, and in a trailer for the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. In the US, it reached number 8 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, number 9 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. The song also charted in Canada.
Let's have a listen to a few of their songs:
What do you think of their music? Share your thoughts in the comments below.