On Sat. Oct. 1, Philadelphia members of GRAMMY U headed over to Kaleo’s soundcheck at the Theater of Living Arts. The Icelandic rock band is currently touring North America in honor of their second studio album, A/B.
After members got the chance to observe this event just inches away from the stage, they were able to catch up with the band during an exclusive Q&A session. Kaleo discussed tour life, songwriting, and how far they have come since the release of their very first album 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 Antonsson notes 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 sound.
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.