Local radio station 90.9 The Bridge presented a rare opportunity to catch the band Kaleo free of charge at Mills Record Company, so we dropped in for a listen to this up-and-coming Icelandic team of musicians. After hearing of them only a few weeks earlier, then listening to everything found on YouTube, we were excited for this event.
The Icelandic indie band formed in 2012, producing a unique pop/rock/folk sound, and making their first major appearance at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival that November. After heavy rotation on Icelandic state broadcaster RÚV's radio station Rás 2, their track “Vor í Vaglaskógi” quickly placed on the top 10 for the station, and later appeared as the soundtrack for the first episode of the TV series "Trapped.”
In late 2014, the band released the video for “All the Pretty Girls” for their single by the same name, which had ranked over 3.5 million streams on Spotify. This past year, Kaleo signed with Atlantic Records and moved to Austin, TX, debuting at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival and hailed by Esquire in their “2015 Songs of the Week, SXSW Edition: 40 Bands You Need to Hear.”
Kaleo recently released yet another music video for their second single "Way Down We Go,” also used as the soundtrack for the 10th episode of the TV series Blindspot, as well as the FIFA 16 soundtrack. Their third single, "No Good,” appears on the promotional trailer of another new series, Vinyl.
Arriving about 315 pm for a 4 pm set, we discovered the band already has quite a following in Kansas City. A diverse and amicable group of hundred or so, ranging from three to 60, stretched out from the storefront. When we finally started to file in, the line had reached Central Street.
They put on a great show, hammering out six or eight acoustic tunes to a full room. Everyone seemed to enjoy the moment, and not a soul left until after the band cleared the stage. We definitely look forward to catching this act again. We ended up in the back of the room, which actually turned out to be a good spot for recording a few of the tunes; not so much for photos, so there are very few, and none of the band.