Photos, words and HD video by G.
Jökull Júlíusson of Kaleo
Hot band alert! Please put the 4 piece Icelandic band Kaleo on your radar if they are not already. Fusing the worlds of rock, pop and folk seamlessly, Kaleo are poised to become huge. They played their first ever show in New York on July 15, 2015 and both the audience and myself loved what we heard. Even if you didn’t like their music, there is visual eye candy for days. Lead singer Jökull Júlíusson has that perfect strand of hair that falls in his face, amazing biceps and a voice that makes him sound like he’s been performing for decades. Just check out the video below if you don’t believe me. He also is an expert whistler, though you won’t hear it in the video below.
The video you are about to see is Kaleo’s soon to be hit, “I Walk On Water.” The song starts off really slow and mellow, but don’t get discouraged if you don’t get instant gratification. After a minute or two, the song picks up steam and you will see exactly why you need this band in your life.
I spoke with the band after the show (see below) and I told them about my trip to Iceland from a few years ago, and we discussed how beautiful their country is. If you have not been, I highly recommend it. They told me that they recently filmed a video inside a volcano (which will be out in the coming months) in Iceland, but for the time being, they have relocated to Austin, Texas. Look for their debut album to come out in late 2015 or early 2016. Thanks again for a great show Kaleo! Looking forward to hearing and seeing more great things to come!
Kaleo and Geoffrey Dicker (photo by a Kaleo crew member)
Kaleo are: Jökull Júlíusson – Vocals and guitar (white shirt), Davíð Antonsson – Percussion and vocals (blue shirt), Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson – Bass (red shirt), Rubin Pollock – Guitar (far right, grey shirt)
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Jehnny Beth (Vocals) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker
Hot new band alert! London’s post-punkers Savages are making a huge impact on the music scene and for good reason – they rock! The band played together for the first time in January 2012 and a quick year and a half later, they are already headlining medium-sized venues in New York! Love that!
Gemma Thompson (Guitar) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker
If you haven’t heard the infectious and extremely rockin’ “Husbands,” make sure you check it out, ASAP! It’s got elements of Patti Smith meets Siouxsie and the Banshees and the track will easily be on many critics great songs lists of 2013.
Ayse Hassan (Bass) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker
Their debut album “Silence Yourself” is out now and I hope you dig it as much as I do. Savages will be back in NYC playing Webster Hall on July 11, so make sure you get a ticket before it sells out.
Faye Milton (Drums) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker
It was great meeting you Savages and I wish you all the success in the world!
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Happy birthday to Lex Sadler! The Australian born musician plays bass in the electro group Future Relative. He puts the F in Funk and he’s extremely talented. You will always have a great conversation about music with Lex too! And what a cool name. He was born to rock! Happy birthday, Lex!
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Guy Garvey (Lead Singer) of Elbow and G
You have no idea how much I love Elbow. The 5 piece band from Manchester makes music that is epic. It’s surprising to me that Elbow is not a household name in the USA, but I am doing my part. Every time I play their music for people, they immediately go out and get all their records – and you should. Their album “The Seldom Seen Kid” is easily one of my favorite albums of the 2000s. Elbow announced a US tour before summer started and it was one of my most anticipated concerts of 2011. It didn’t disappoint at all and in fact, I was overcome with emotion many times because I think their music is so beautiful. It wasn’t all tears of joy; however, as lead singer Guty Garvey kept the audience laughing in between songs with really funny stories. I was fortunate enough to meet the band and I am beyond thrilled to report – they are all such nice guys! Elbow – I consider meeting you one of the best belated birthday presents ever and thanks again for making music that has really made a positive impact on my life. Thanks for being so cool and please come back to New York soon!
Craig Potter (Keyboards) Elbow and G
Mark Potter (Guitar) Elbow and G
Pete Turner (Bass) Elbow and G
Richard Jupp (Drums) of Elbow and G
Thanks again Elbow! I heart you!
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Mike Dirnt (from Green Day) and Geoffrey Dicker
Happy birthday to Green Day’s bassist and co-founder Mike Dirnt! I met him a few weeks ago backstage at the Big Audio Dynamite concert and within a 15 minute period, I met BAD’s Mick Jones, Clem Burke from Blondie, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz from Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads. It was a night that will live on forever in my mind because it was so awesome! Mike Dirnt was super cool as we talked and I thanked him for all the great music. The picture only captures one moment, but Mike was winking during the taking of the photo – yes! Thanks Mike, have a great day!
Also born today, actress Audrey Hepburn and singer Lance Bass. Back when I used to dye my hair blonde, I was mistaken for Lance Bass a LOT! I don’t see the resemblance personally. I’ve surprisingly never met him, but I’d like to meet him one day so I can take a photo with him to prove that we are in fact, two different people.