OF MONSTERS AND MEN
As one of the hottest indie rock acts of 2012, Of Monsters And Men were one of the most surprising chart-toppers of the year with a unique folk pop that struck a chord with music fans worldwide. The band, formed in Iceland in 2010, featured vocalist/guitarist, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, vocalist/guitarist Ragnar Porhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Liefsson, drummer Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson and bassist Kristjan Pall Kristjansson started when Nanna, who was working as a solo artist, was looking for new band members to bolster her solo act. After meeting up with Ragnar and writing a few songs together, the duo eventually began to attract other members and by the end of 2010, Of Monsters And Men was born.
The band began as a group of friends who loved to play music together without any real aspirations of big time success, but an unexpected victory at an Icelandic music competition catapulted the group to stardom. The battle of the bands, Musiktilraunir, is an annual celebration of Icelandic musical talent, and Of Monsters And Men were shocked to find out they had won. As a means of capitalizing on their newfound popularity, the group released their first EP, Into The Woods, in 2007.
In late 2011, Of Monsters and Men would release their first studio album, My Head Is An Animal, featuring the hit single, "Little Talks." The album would surge to No. 6 on the Billboard 200 charts in the United States, and "Little Talks" reached the Top 20 in more than five countries. As the popularity of their music spread, the group started to receive critical and commercial attention. Of Monsters and Men's sound is a wholly unique blend of folk rock, indie sensibilities and poppy taglines certainly sets them apart from other acts on today's music scene, as well as examining a series of themes in their music, ranging from the loneliness and insanity that is explored in "Little Talks" to the pain of heartbreak in their second single, "Love Love Love."
Following the success of their groundbreaking debut album, Of Monsters And Men continue to tour internationally and are hard at work on their sophomore effort. As one of the more unique sounds on the contemporary music scene, Of Monsters And Men have already become folk heroes in their native Iceland and boast a bevy of fans all over the world waiting to hear what they have in store next.