Of Monsters And Men Play Album Release Gig At L.A.'s iHeartRadio Theater
June 8, 2015 at 1:47 PM (PT)
Shout out to warm-hearted ICELAND band OF MONSTERS AND MEN and REPUBLIC RECORDS for a spectacular performance on the HONDA STAGE at the iHEARTRADIO THEATER in LOS ANGELES on FRIDAY night (JUNE 5th).
Hosted by iHEARTRADIO Alternative KYSR (ALT 98.7)/LOS ANGELES air personality KADE, the event included an intimate Q&A and will broadcast/stream on THURSDAY, JUNE 11th at 10p local across all iHEARTMEDIA Alternative and Triple A radio stations and websites as well as iHeartRadio.com/OfMonstersandMen.
The band unveiled new songs from their new album, "Beneath The Skin," the highly anticipated follow-up to their platinum-selling debut, "My Head Is An Animal," which comes out tomorrow (JUNE 9th)
Recorded with co-producer RICH COSTEY (INTERPOL, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE) in both ICELAND and L.A., their grand-scale folk-pop is as robust as ever with the thundering drums and chanted chorus of lead single "Crystals" leading the charge.
Lush, textural, and uplifting, their sophomore release will please fans who've waited four years for the band's return.
Highlights from the evening include:
• NANNA BRYNDIS HILMARSDOTTIR and RAGNAR 'RAGGI' ÞORHALLSSON explained how the band was originally formed after entering the 2010 MUSIKTILRAUNIR in ICELAND and how RAGGI personally came up with the name for the band.
• KADE mistakenly interpreted the lyrics of "King and Lionheart" as a song of a couple ruling the land. NANNA explained the song was actually about the relationship she shares with her brother. She stated that “the song is more like a lullaby for my younger brother, more so than a love song between two people.”
• The group elaborated on the difference between their previous album and their most recent release. “Our last album was more of a story, whereas this album is much more personal, raw if you will.”
• When asked why the sudden difference in the tone of their albums, NANNA and RAGGI explained that it was a natural progression. “It’s been two years since our last album and in that time we were able to get more comfortable with each other, which in turn allowed us to dive deeper into a personal space.”
• They explained that “As human beings and as a band we are evolving and so is our sound and the type of music we choose to produce.”
• The band talked about how the construction of this album differed from their previous effort, most notably in that they recorded it in ICELAND as well as L.A.. Which inadvertently had an effect on the overall sound of their record.
Stayed tuned for ALL ACCESS reporter NICOLE DeROSA's exclusive interview with the band.