Kaleo is making waves
Kaleo’s Las Vegas show may be one of the last stops on the band’s mostly sold-out The Handprint Tour. The cool Icelandic quartet with a penchant for classic American rock seemed to be exported fully formed from the fjords of their native country but Kaleo traces its small-town beginnings back to when frontman JJ Julius Son, bassist Danny Kristjánsson and drummer David Antonsson started playing at pubs in their mid-teens. They added guitarist Rubin Pollock, and became known for their appreciation of roots music from the southern United States.
The band has lived in the U.S. for the last year-and-a-half, touring in support of its album A/B and garnering enthusiastic responses to live shows. Son’s voice evokes a halfway point between Tracy Chapman and David Gray, but it’s very much his own instrument, applied to a stripped-down sound that often incorporates a resonator guitar for an authentic acoustic blues feel. Kaleo finishes out the year headlining its own tour before supporting the Lumineers in 2017, but with its career trajectory continuing upward, it’s likely to be Kaleo’s last go-round as a support act.
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