The First Soundtrack Offering from HBO’s Music Series, Vinyl, is from…Iceland?

Unless you have been living under a rock you’ve heard about the HBO show Vinyl, which kicks off with a two-hour premiere this Sunday. The show is set 1970’s New York City around the life and times of label head named Richie who finds himself going through–well, let’s just call it a rough patch.  [I’ve seen the Scorsese-directed premiere twice and it’s excellent. Try to imagine Casino or Good Fellas but set in the music industry. I’ll have a review on it tomorrow before. – AC] The first music video we get as a soundtrack of the show is a bit bizarre choice, given the band is from Iceland.

Fear not, though. Once you see the premiere, the song itself will at least make sense.

This is no slight on the band Kaleo at all. Just a bit of a shock given the story and the setting.

The new HBO show Vinyl is an NYC-steeped time capsule. So it’s a bit of a surprise that the first video from the Martin Scorsese–Mick Jagger show’s official soundtrack features Kaleo, an up-and-coming band from Iceland, rocking out in a Nashville record-pressing plant. The clip for “No Good” finds the quartet dropping by United Record Pressing — the largest vinyl-pressing facility in the U.S. — where they set up and give a sweaty in-the-round performance of their gritty, Jack White–esque blues-rock anthem.

We were so thrilled to be included on the Vinyl soundtrack, and making this video for ‘No Good’ was a blast,” Kaleo guitarist-singer Jökull Júlíusson (a.k.a. JJ Julius Son) told Rolling Stone. “We shot it at United Record Press in Nashville. When we heard about Vinyl, we loved the vibe and jumped at the chance to contribute to it. As a huge fan of both Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, it’s an honor for me personally to be a part of project that they’ve created.”

Read the whole story at Rolling Stone.

Larry Lootsteen

Music is life and I love to write about all things music. Independent music blogger. Writer in general. I am a big fan of alternative and indie music but there's no genre I haven't found something to like.

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