Kaleo is a four-piece band from Iceland who now call Austin, TX home. Their major-label debut, A/B, a blend of rock, folk, and blues, dropped in 2016 to mixed reviews and the band found themselves compared to The Black Keys and Kings of Leon with some Bon Iver-esque ballads. For a band that seemed to sound like everything we’ve heard before their live performance still left me impressed.
ACL Live’s Moody Theater is a venue that I have quickly fallen in love with. The warm lighting and full sound complimented vocalist JJ Julius Son’s wide range of high falsettos and low growl. The set was comprised of songs from A/B and others you won’t find on their Spotify but the highlight was “Vor I Vaglaskogi,” where Son sings in their native language. There was an energetic rock vibe pulsing through the venue throughout the course of the night. Technically each member of the band sounded no different live than on a mastered recording. There was no question that Kaleo makes some damn good live music.