Friday, December 9, 2011
Of Monsters and Men
Of Monsters and Men hail from Reykjavik, Iceland. As do so many other talented bands.
Of Monsters and Men are:
Ragnar þórhallsson (acoustic guitar, vocals)
Árni Guðjónsson (accordion, keys)
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir (acoustic guitar, vocals)
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drums)
Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bass)
Brynjar Leifsson (electric guitar)
Back in 2010, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir decided to add more members to her then-solo project. With three more members, Of Monsters and Men entered last year’s The Icelandic Music Experiments: Músiktilraunir, a nationwide “battle of the bands” competition. Hilmarsdóttir and her new bandmates won over the audience—and the judges—with their catchy number “Little Talks,” and went on to win the entire competition. And the rest, as they say, is history. I've heard comparisons to Mumford and Sons meet Florence and the Machine, but I don't think they need any comparisons. They are uniquely talented and very very entertaining. Can't wait for the album.
First up, Of Monsters & Men at Kex Hostel, Iceland at the Airwaves Off Venue 2011.
Of Monsters and Men perform "Little Talks" live at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves '11. Recorded 10/12/11.
Sound: Matt Ogaz & Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Shelly Corbett, Donald Gíslason & Scott Holpainen
Edits: Jim Beckmann
Just to slow it down a little bit, here's a very pretty song (and singer).
Love Love Love
live at the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves '11. Recorded 10/12/11.
King and Lionheart
Live at Reykjavík Downtown Hostel, November 2011