On Sat. Oct. 1, the Handprints tour hit the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Nighttime rock DJ Kelly Green attended an exclusive soundcheck where she got to catch up with Icelandic headliners, Kaleo.
The folk-rock band is currently promoting their second ever studio album, A/B. They discussed tour life, songwriting, and how far they have come since the release of their first album back in 2013.
The group admitted their writing process has undergone many changes over the past few years. They’ve traded in the luxury of a studio for the experience of the real world.
Kaleo says much of A/B was recorded on the road. Though this process is exhausting, drummer, Davíð Antonssonnotes that it has allowed them to pick up many special influences that they wouldn’t have gotten to meet at home.
When it comes to musical influences, frontman Jökull Júlíusson says they have an extensive list of artists, Led Zeppelin being one of the keys. He even revealed that three out of four members of Kaleo have Zeppelin tattoos.
A/B represents a band with two faces. Side A serving that classic rock ‘n’ roll edge, while Side B showcases a delicate and more intimate
So far Kaleo is facing extreme success with the album from award nominations to an outstanding performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They won’t be stopping anytime soon as in 2017, they are set to join The Lumineers for another North American tour.