Calm Before The Storm
Article By: Ryan Holt/ Photos By: Kenneth Coles
The soft green and blue lighting paired with the bluesy background music provided the venue with an atmosphere that can only be described as the calm before the storm. 1,000 fans anticipated Kaleo’s arrival on stage. All at once the lights cut out, and a few excited fans screams could be heard ringing through the venue as five silhouettes walked out on stage. Julius Son, lead singer and rhythm guitarist began a slow rhythmic clap as he began singing is his distinguishable raspy voice “The devil's going to make me a free man, the devil's going to set me free”.
Davíð Antonsson, Kaleo’s drummer, began stomping the bass drum at the same time red lights spontaneously illuminated the stage pulsing with the beat of the song causing the energy to shift from calm to intense. The other band members jumped in by playing riffs, and hammering chords that left the crowd no choice but to sing and stomp along to the opening song “Broken Bones”. From there Kaleo only built off the crowd’s energy.
Kaleo proceeded to play songs off of their Album “A/B” that was released in June, 2016. Songs like “I Can’t Go On Without You”, “Hot Blood”, and “Automobile” off their latest album were played and the crowd proved their loyalty by singing along.
What was so remarkable about Kaleo was their on stage presence. They didn’t rely on crazy dance moves, long winded stories between songs or trippy visuals that so many other artists rely on. Throughout the concert their facial expressions remained stoic and they offered few words to the audience, they were there to play and they relied solely on their music as their primary source of communication. And it worked, from harmonica solos to dramatic pauses between notes Kaleo captured the attention of the crowd and held it for the duration of the show.