The Icelandic bards, Kaleo, arrive for a one night stand at The Anthem on Oct. 14. The group is touring in support of their debut album A/B a furious fusion of rock, folk and blues. Kaleo means “the sound” in Hawaiian.
Kaleo is literary a band of elementary friends hailing from Reykjavik. JJ Julius Son, drummer David Antonsson an bassist Daniel Kristjansson have been playing together since age 17. They added guitarist Rubin Pollock to the mix in 2012 and renamed themselves, Kaleo. After performing to rave reviews at the 2012 Iceland Airwaves music festival, the band signed with Elektra/Atlantic, moving to Austin, TX, in 2015.
Since their arrival stateside, Kaleo has toured nearly nonstop. They managed to still pen a hit for HBO’s Vinyl and cut a full length album. A/B is named for the split sides of vinyl records. The “A” side burns with the rock and roll numbers “No Good,” “Way Down We Go” and “Hot Blood.” The “B” side croons with ballads such as “All the Pretty Girls,” “Vor I Vaglaskogi” and “I Can’t Go On Without You.”
Catch Kaleo in person at The Anthem on Oct. 14.