Of Monsters And Men: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

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Origin: Reykjavík, Iceland

Genres: Indie folk – Chamber pop – Folk pop – Folk rock – Indie rock

Members: Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir – Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson – Brynjar Leifsson – Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson – Kristján Páll Kristjánsson

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Early Start

  • Songbird was Nanna Brynds Hilmarsdóttir’s solo project which she decided to expand that bore the band in 2009.
  • Nanna (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Brynjar (electric guitar), Raggi (backing vocals, melodica, glockenspiel), and Arnar (backing vocals, melodica, glockenspiel, tambourine) entered 2010’s Músíktilraunir, an annual music competition held in Iceland, as the band Of Monsters and Men.
  • It was Raggi who came up with the band name, Of Monsters and Men, and everyone approved it, so that became their name.
  • Árni (accordion/keys, backing vocals) and Kristján (bass, backing vocals), were additions to the group.
  • When they performed at the 2010 Iceland Airwaves festival, the Seattle-based radio station KEXP recorded them performing “Little Talks” in a living room.




Career Journey

  • 2011: The band inked a recording label with Record Records for the launch of their debut album My Head Is an Animal with the single “Little Talks” ranking first in charts.
  • 2012: The band played at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island and in Osheaga Festival in Montreal and then at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Árni Guðjónsson left the band to prioritize his studies.
  • 2015: The hit song “Crystals” was released.
  • 2016: Their cover of “Eleanor Rigby” was housed in episode 21b of Beat Bugs. The band also launched “Alligator”, the first single from their third album Fever Dream. In July, they released the songs “Wild Roses” and “Wars”, a lyric YouTube video on their channel together with their entire album.
  • 2020: The single “Visitor”, along with a music video came out together with the launch of “Destroyer”.
  • 2022;: The band launched Tiu’s premiere screening at the 2022 Tribeca Film festival in celebration of the 10 year anniversary beginning with the launch of ‘My Head is an Animal’.




Awards & Recognition

  • MTV Video Music Awards nomination
  • MTV Europe Music Awards nomination
  • ECHO Awards (2 nominations)
  • Juno Awards nomination
  • Billboard Music Awards nomination
  • won EBBA Awards




Fun Facts & Trivia

  • They got their big break in 2010 when they won Iceland’s annual battle of the bands, Músiktilraunira.
  • “Of Monsters and Men” is a metaphorical representation of you all starting off as birds (pulled from the title of your solo project, ‘Songbirds’) and later evolving into monsters.
  • The Fever Dream album was written in a laptop instead of a usual music writing process with guitars, the band, and some notes which they did the first time.




Artist’s Favorites

            Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
Musicians: Gayngs, Lianne La Havas, Arcade Fire, Feist, and Justin Vernon



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Of Monsters And Men:

Little Talks

Length: 4:26

Release: 2012

Opening Lyrics:

I don’t like walking around this old and empty house
So hold my hand, I’ll walk with you my dear
The stairs creak as you sleep
It’s keeping me awake
It’s the house telling you to close your eyes
And some days I can’t even dress myself
It’s killing me to see you this way
‘Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry our bodies safe to shore
There’s an old voice in my head
That’s holding me back
Well, tell her that I miss our little talks
Soon it will be over and buried with our past
We used to play outside when we were young
And full of life and full of love
Some days I don’t know if I am wrong or right
Your mind is playing tricks on you, my dear

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