Over the years, there have been plenty of female fronted rock bands, from Blondie to No Doubt to Paramore. These days, that mold is being filled by Detroit-based five-piece rock band Kaleido.
The band consists of frontwoman Christina Chriss (vocals), Joey Fava (drums), Cody Morales (bass), Ronnie Rosolino (guitar) and Jamie Allen Burnham (guitar). Kaleido describes its own sound as a mix between Guns N’ Roses and No Doubt, so if you’re a fan of girl power and powerhouse rock, you’re going to want to check them out.
Chriss credits the music gods for bringing them all together—while she was in a band with Morales, they played a show with Fava’s band and when both respective projects naturally fizzled out, they decided to form their own band. After recruiting Rosolino and Burnham, Kaleido was born.
“All of us grew up loving and playing music from very young ages. I’ve been singing and performing since I was 5 years old, and learned to play the guitar and violin in grade school. The guys were all raised in musical households and have been playing multiple instruments and in bands for most of their lives,” Chriss said.
She describes the band’s sound as high-energy rock ‘n’ roll with catchy hooks and riffs, and said that Kaleido is bringing rock back to the mainstream. It’s the fans that make performing really worthwhile.
“Connecting with them through energy and music, 100 percent raw, 100 percent real on stage, it evokes powerful emotions. It’s a beautiful thing,” Chriss said. “We also all gel incredibly well as a group, so being able to flow so effortlessly together on stage creates an incredible experience for both us and the audience.”
Kaleido’s single, “Degenerate & Young,” is featured in the new 2015 Chevy Malibu commercial, courtesy of your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. The song is a feel good, fun track off of the band’s latest album, “Unbreakable,” which was released in March of this year. The album, according to Chriss, is an eclectic mix of all of the band’s influences that came together to create the Kaleido sound.
Those influences include artists such as Led Zeppelin, Blink 182, Van Halen and Patsy Cline. Chriss added that just living life and collecting experiences along the way is a great way to draw inspiration and create songs.
Currently on their fall Cross Country Chaos Tour (which kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Flint and wraps on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Kentucky), the band has big aspirations and hopes to one day be on top of the world. Well, the music world at least.
Kaleido has toured with and opened for bands like Aerosmith, Slash, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Chevelle and Evanescence, so those dreams of making it big are well within reach. The band is already huge locally, and has received quite a bit of recognition, including seven Detroit Music Award Nominations this year and the title of Best Rock Band in Detroit 2014 by Real Detroit Weekly. Kaleido has also been awarded 89x People’s Choice award countless times over the years.
Check out the 2015 Chevy Malibu commercial here, and get ready to get hooked on Kaleido: