Kaleo is an Icelandic blues/rock band that formed at Mosfellsbær in 2012. It consists of lead vocalist and guitarist JJ Julius Son (Jökull Júlíusson), drummer David Antonsson, bassist Daniel Kristjansson, and lead guitarist Rubin Pollock. They have released two studio albums, Kaleo (2013) and A/B (2016), as well as an EP, Glasshouse (2013). A/B has sold over 910,000 albums worldwide. One of the singles from A/B, “Way Down We Go”, has been certified platinum in the US and reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart on 20 August 2016. Kaleo received a Grammy nomination in 2017 for Best Rock Performance for the song “No Good.”UFC Welterweight star Gunnar Nelson, who is also from Iceland, regularly makes his octagon walk with walkout music from Kaleo.
Best friends since attending elementary school outside of Reykjavik, bandleader JJ Julius Son, drummer David Antonsson, and bassist Daniel Kristjansson began playing together at the age of 17 before adding guitarist Rubin Pollock to the mix in 2012. They named the band Kaleo, which means “the sound” in Hawaiian, and started their career in with a handful of well-received shows at the 2012 Iceland Airwaves music festival, which was the band’s first major public appearance.They gained fame after their cover of the song “Vor í Vaglaskógi” got heavy rotation on Icelandic state broadcaster RÚV’s radio station Rás 2 and was featured on the station’s top 10 list.This song is also featured in the first episode of the TV series Trapped. By year’s end, Kaleo had signed with Sena, the country’s largest record label. Their self-titled debut went gold in their home country, spawning five number one hits and inspiring their first European tour.