There has been a lot of buzz surrounding a new band from Iceland called Kaleo. Their groove-laden mix of indie and retro rock n' roll is quite different from other Icelandic export bands that are known for more chilled and atmospheric sound.
For a band which formed just a year and a half ago, Kaleo has experienced considerable success. This indie-pop/rock quartet from the middle of the Atlantic ocean , Iceland, shot to fame last year with their cover of Icelandic classic ‘Vor í Vaglaskógi.’ and since then had three number 1 hit singles (6 chart entry's) . Their self-titled debut album, also released last year, peaked at number 1. The band was nominated in every possible category at the Icelandic listeners award and the boys took home the price for best singer, newcomer of the year and best album. They also won the best newcomer award at the Icelandic music awards. Following up on their success at home, the band are headed abroad to play their first international gigs, starting with the Frigg Festival in Copenhagen on May 10.
They played the main stage on Reykjavik Culture night, but thats the biggest single concert in Iceland. Around 40.000 people showed up and over 100.000 heard the concert in the radio or TV in a nation of 300.000.
They signed a contract with Icelandic record lable "Sena" and there first album "Kaleo" came out last November. There contract with Sena is only for Iceland so they are looking for a label for the international market.
They were busy at the last Iceland Airwaves festival playing 4 concerts including a gig at the world famous blue lagoon.
Their fan base is growing every day with back to back packed concerts and a lot of radio air play but how are people outside of Iceland feeling this new band?
In the UK they have already made an impression getting a few radio plays. On UK's Absolute Radio following success on the unsigned band review and other smaller stations have also given "Rock n Roller" a spin.
See more at the Kaleo-FaceBook-page (December 20, 2014)
|Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson||Bassaleikari||2012|
|Jökull Júlíusson||Söngvari og Gítarleikari||2012|
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Jón Hrólfur Sigurjónsson uppfærði 20.12.2014