Of Monsters and Men first had the world talking in 2011 with their inescapable and infectious quadruple-platinum smash “Little Talks.” An engaging mix of anthemic indie and alternative, the Icelandic quintet’s critically praised full-length debut My Head Is An Animal [Republic Records] climbed to the top of the Billboard Top 200 and has sold over 2 million albums worldwide.
Since then, the group have delivered rapturous performances at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, Osheaga, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Pukkelpop, and Splendour in the Grass as well as at countless sold out headline shows the world over.
They have charmed TV audiences with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Graham Norton Show, and Saturday Night Live. In the midst of it all, they lent the single “Dirty Paws” to a trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the iPhone 5 introduction video, while “Silhouettes” was featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.
Fast forward to 2013. The group headed back home to Iceland to begin building the framework for their highly anticipated sophomore effort. Splitting studio sessions between Iceland and Los Angeles throughout 2014 and early 2015, Of Monsters and Men tapped Rich Costey [Death Cab For Cutie, Muse, Foster The People, Interpol] to co-produce what would become their second full-length—Beneath The Skin.
Led by two dynamic singles, “Crystals” and “Empire,” the band expands the depth of its sound on the latest offering. “Crystals” is propelled by gargantuan drums, resounding acoustic guitars, an orchestral hum, and a massive refrain. It’s a shimmering treasure in its own right. The song was recently featured in the lead trailer for Disney Pixar’s latest blockbuster The Good Dinosaur. “Empire” coasts along on lush keys and lithe guitars before culminating on another signature harmony from the group. It’s a natural and enticing evolution for the group.
When Beneath The Skin hit, Of Monsters and Men stood in the midst of their biggest year yet. The album debuted at #1 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and they introduced it to audiences everywhere with stunning performances on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It also garnered critical acclaim out of the gate with Entertainment Weekly calling it, “One of the biggest albums of the summer,” People describing how they “unleash a big new sound,” and Rolling Stone extolling their “newfound sense of intimacy.” Already certified Gold in Canada the record continues to climb with both critical and worldwide acclaim. 2015 alone sees the band performing at Osheaga (headlining), Lollapalooza, Boston Calling, Splendour in the Grass, Sasquatch, Austin City Limits, and more.
Be on the lookout for more from Of Monsters and Men very soon as their story expands further, and Beneath The Skin takes listeners deeper.