Music Review: Of Monsters And Men
July 24, 2012
By: Sophia White
Never heard of these guys?
Well you have now.
Of Monsters and Men are a group of six friends – Nanna, Raggi, Brynjar, Arnar, Árni and Kristján. They shot to fame in their native Iceland after winning a battle of the bands style competition in 2010. Since then they’ve released an album (available for pre-order at play.com), had a number 1 in Iceland and are currently touring around Europe and America. Listeners of Indie Folk/Pop will appreciate their sound, as will anyone with a great taste in music!
Last night they played Manchester Academy and I eagerly went along to experience what these guys have got. It’s safe to say, they didn’t disappoint. Good music isn’t just well crafted lyrics and instruments that play so well together you never want them to stop, it’s also the way they perform. They mean every word Nanna and Raggi sing, down to every drum beat Arnars plays.
There album is a great mix of dreamy folk with pop-beats. You can’t help but sing along to all the songs, once you know the words that is. Six Weeks, King and Lionheart, Lakehouse and Dirty Paws had the crowd throwing their arms in the air towards the stage. All of us there loved it, when a song ended we’d carry on singing so they had to play the chorus again, and they did, every time! It’s always great to see a band that is having as much fun on stage as the crowd singing along with them. If I was you I’d be watching this space, I already am.
Their single Little Talks is out now, and their album - My Head Is An Animal – is out August 13th.
Their site - www.ofmonstersandmen.is
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