Combining an inventive mixture of groovy indie-pop, blues and Rock & Roll is Iceland’s Kaleo. Formed just 18 months ago, members Jökull Júlíusson (vocals/guitar), Davíð Antonsson (drums/vocals), Daníel Ægir Kristjánsson (bass) and Rubin Pollock (lead guitar) have experienced considerable success and earned quite the buzz in the Icelandic musical landscape. Last year’s single “Vor í Vaglaskógi” helped ignite their fire and since then, they’ve had three No.1 hit singles in Iceland. Their self-titled debut album peaked at No.1 and they were nominated in every possible category at the Icelandic Listeners Awards, where they won for Best Singer, Newcomer of the Year and Best Album. They also won the Best Newcomer Award at the Icelandic Music Awards, solidifying their connection with the fans in Iceland. Kaleo have performed at a number of festivals, signed with the Sena record label and have received airplay support on multiple radio stations and are currently being courted by numerous labels and publishers.
STREAM: “All The Pretty Girls”
Sydney, Australia’s Little Bastard is a mighty seven-piece punk-string band that incorporates guitars, bass, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, beats and a load of voices and memorable tunes that will undoubtedly draw you into their sound. Formed just two years ago, they’ve rapidly become one of Australia’s most entertaining and undeniable live acts as members Ross Tipper, Johnny Took, Ed Rowe, Daniel D’arcy, Trevor Davies, Liam Hoskins and Matty Took give it their all on stage. Their self-titled debut album (FourIIFour) has drawn inspiration of everyone from Earl Scruggs and Neil Young to Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac and fans have compared them to the likes of Los Angeles’ Flogging Molly, Australia’s The Smith Street Band and Chicago’s The Tossers. The Bastards, as they are also known as in Sydney, smashed out their debut album in just eight days with producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezebels).
STREAM: “Be My Kind”
Júníus Meyvant is the artist name of Vestmann Islands born singer-songwriter Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson. In his early 20s, he stumbled upon a beat up guitar at his parent’s house and started experimenting with it. Using the guitar as an outlet, he managed to tame his inner beast and his sense for songs and melodies that burst like rockets. The uncontrollable urge for writing music and the constant flow of ideas kept him tossing and turning every night and day, forever and a day. For a while, he filtered his ideas through a band that didn’t live up to his creative requirements so he decided to pursue his own path under the alter ego Júníus Meyvant. The sound he has created is a rich and afflicted take on freaky folk-pop with a familiar and soulful feel. The feeling you get from listening to the debut single “Color Decay” is equally as comfortable as resting under a thick wool blanket with a hot cup of cocoa or enjoying an exotic beverage on a hot sandy beach far and away. Unnar is currently in the studio working on his debut album (through Record Records who originally signed Of Monsters And Men), which should see release next Spring.
STREAM: “Color Decay”