Icelandic what? Icelandic rock band with bluesy and folk influences? Count me in.
Kaleo is the Hawaiian word for sound if you were wondering. This night started on the right foot as we got our pre-concert fuel at the Shake Shack across from the Fonda Theater. Our Uber was late so we hurried to eat our weight in glorious burgers and crinkle cut fries. In doing so we didn't catch the first opening act. We did get to catch the second act as we perched our selves in the balcony (There are seats up there if you prefer to sit because common we all prefer to sit.) Bishop Briggs was the second opener. She was fiery and was ready to pump everyone up. She never stopped jumping, which made me slightly uneasy because I had just consumed a whole shake earlier. Her voice is stunning and her songs catchy. I have every song she sung that night, we recommend "River" and "The Way I Do." What's her style of music ? You may ask, well I'm not really sure, I could look it up but frankly I don't want to. Girl's got some sick beats and a fabulous personality and voice, nuf said.
9 o'clock rolled around and I was so ready to see the band I have been diligently recommending to any one with ears. They took the stage and the night belonged to them. Lead singer Jokull's voice is just as commanding and memorizing in person as in their album. He's not the only talented one though, the other three members played their instruments so well that I wished I knew how to do something that exquisitely. Kaleo's music arrangement is one of the best in this industry that I've heard in a while, add in the distinct vocals and that whistling (yes the whistling is 100% real and amazing) and you've got a band that is a top contender in history. Their debut album A/B is out now and I suggest you take a good long listen, not that you'll need to, you'll probably just replay it everyday like the cool kids do.