Philadelphia – GRAMMY U Joins Kaleo for Soundcheck

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.

Attention New Jersey Music Fans: Rocking On A Budget!

Oh, music… The most exhilarating form of art. Why must you consume every dollar I make? How did you become such a commodity? What happened to the good, old fashioned clapping of hands, while stomping around in a circle, doing that weird yodeling thing? Okay, I took things too far. I’m sorry if I lost you. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that as a music lover, I tend to spend a lot of money on concert tickets… and it sucks.

If you’re a concert feen yourself, I’m sure you understand my struggle. However, there is hope for us! This past weekend I was introduced to the wonderful world of basement shows. It was great.

Basement shows are a key element to the underground alternative scene. From pop punk to progressive rock, you’re not a true punk until you’ve attended a basement show. The concept is simple: It’s a rock show in a basement. You get the concert experience without paying more than $5.00. Sure, it may be a little cramped and the people around you may be a bit sweaty, but these conditions kind of help you form a bond. The second the music begins, everyone is instantly connected. Such an intimate venue is able to give you a concert experience like no other. It’s no longer a famous band on a stage versus a sea of fans. Instead, it’s one big room full of kids who are jamming together whether they’re playing an instrument or just shouting along.

I got the chance to chat with a couple of the bands who played on Saturday and it’s safe to say they can all agree that the best part about basement shows is the small environment. Ken Hicks, bass player of Sybil says “Even though there’s less room to move around, you can really feel the crowd’s energy”.

Here are some pictures from the show, which by the way, took place in New Brunswick!

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The Band featured in the above photos is Eagle Daddy.

And yes, that is indeed a Donald Trump punching bag.