Of Monsters and Men began as the solo project of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir however it quickly grew with the additions of friends Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson (co-singer/guitarist), Brynjar Leifsson (guitarist), Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson (drummer), Árni Guðjónsson (piano/accordion player) and Kristján Páll Kristjánsson (bassist). Crafting songs inspired by their amazing homeland, fairy tales and personal history, the band went from battle of the bands winners to the breakthrough act at this year’s Iceland Airwaves and SXSW festival. The bands self-released, first single ‘Little Talks’ to date has sold an impressive 400,000 copies and received a staggering 12 million views on YouTube. It has dominated the airwaves in Ireland and has since been certified Gold.
Of Monsters and Men continue to make waves among fans and tastemakers alike. ‘My Head Is an Animal’, the debut album from the Icelandic alternative folk sensation has already enjoyed huge success, reaching the No.1 spot on the Irish album charts on its release. Mirroring that feat in America ‘My Head is an Animal’ entered the iTunes chart at #1 and album chart at #2 however went on to top the album charts one week later.
Of Monsters and Men will play a headline show at the Olympia Theatre on Thursday 21 February. Tickets €22.40 (including booking fee), go on sale this Friday 14 at 9am. www.ticketmaster.ie