From winning their native country’s “Battle of the Bands” competition in 2010, to gaining rock-star status across the globe with their single, “Little Talks,” Of Monsters and Men have definitely come a long way within a couple of years. With “Little Talks” reaching platinum status and an ongoing tour, the Icelandic band’s success continues to grow, well, monster-sized.
Of Monsters and Men began as a result of co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir needing a bit of extra oomph with her solo acoustic act, Songbird. She rounded together the members that now comprise the band, Ragnar þórhallsson, Brynjar Leifsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, and Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. Liking the sound and music they created as a group, Of Monsters and Men emerged.
After playing shows in Europe and South America, the five-piece will be spending the spring months playing venues across the U.S., including a stop at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 11. Tickets haven’t even gone on sale yet, but we’ve got a pair of lawn tickets to give away!
Opening for Of Monsters and Men at MPP is California band HAIM. Sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana come from a musical background; previously in a family band with their parents, the sisters decided to branch off and form their own band. In addition to being songwriters, the sisters are all multi-instrumentalists. Their musical abilities are shown in their recently released video for the new single “Falling.” With this amount of talent and skill, HAIM is definitely a band to look out for.
According to their website, Of Monsters and Men say they find inspiration for their songs in stories and folk tales. To win tickets before you can buy them, drop a comment below naming your favorite folk tale or fairy tale. Mine would have to be The Grimm Brothers’ “Rapunzel.”
The winner will be chosen tomorrow on Thursday, February 28, at 9am. If you don’t win them from us, you can buy tickets when they go on sale tomorrow at 10am.