Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men Return to Los Angeles for Sold-Out Show

After a three year hiatus from touring, Icelandic indie-folk group Of Monsters and Men have returned to the stage to promote their third studio album Fever Dream. The five-piece group stopped by the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Sept. 23 and played a selection of new and old tunes to the sold-out crowd.

If there is one thing Of Monsters and Men are known for it's for the killer harmonies of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson. It's rare to see two lead singers but they make it work. Both show off their impressive whispery range in separate songs and unite their strong chanting vocals when needed. All the members of the group are vital to their infectious sound, Hilmarsdóttir and Þórhallsson do double duty by also playing guitar, while Brynjar Leifsson plays lead guitar, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson plays bass guitar and Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson plays the drums.

Fever Dream marks a stylistic change for the band, trading their more traditional folk sound for an alternative pop approach of electronic tones and synth-experimentation making their show much more lively.

The band began their set with the lead single from the new album, the roaring fun rock banger "Alligator." I gleefully sang along as the band played fan-favorites including “Mountain Sound,” “Dirty Paws,” "Crystals" and "King and Lionheart." I never realized how many hits the band has had throughout the years until that night. The band does a good job at creating interactive music that fans can chant along to. Every single person in the venue was singing along to their songs, especially the chorus of "Little Talks:" “Hey! Don't listen to a word I say/Hey! The screams all sound the same/Hey!" Of Monsters and Men also performed new songs like the melodic "Wild Roses" and the danceable tune "Wars." All in all, the band treated fans to a great mix of songs!

Photos by Jacqueline Naranjo

Set List:

  1. Alligator
  2. Empire
  3. Ahay
  4. King and Lionheart
  5. Mountain Sound
  6. Sleepwalker
  7. Wild Roses
  8. Under a Dome
  9. I of the Storm
  10. Wars
  11. Crystals
  12. Lakehouse
  13. Little Talks
  14. Six Weeks

Encore:

15. Waiting for the Snow
16. Dirty Paws
17. Yellow Light