Of Monsters and Men first had the world talking in 2011 with their inescapable and infectious quadruple-platinum smash “Little Talks.” An engaging mix of anthemic indie and alternative, the Icelandic quintet’s critically praised full-length debut My Head Is An Animal [Republic Records] climbed to the top of the Billboard Top 200 and has sold over 2 million albums worldwide.
Since then, the group have delivered rapturous performances at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, Osheaga, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Pukkelpop, and Splendour in the Grass as well as at countless sold out headline shows the world over.
They have charmed TV audiences with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (twice), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Graham Norton Show, and Saturday Night Live. In the midst of it all, they lent the single “Dirty Paws” to a trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the iPhone 5 introduction video, while “Silhouettes” was featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.
Fast forward to 2013. The group headed back home to Iceland to begin building the framework for their highly anticipated sophomore effort. Splitting studio sessions between Iceland and Los Angeles throughout 2014 and early 2015, Of Monsters and Men tapped Rich Costey [Muse, Foster The People, Interpol] to co-produce what would become their second full-length—Beneath The Skin.
The new single “Crystals” heralds the album’s release. Propelled by gargantuan drums, resounding acoustic guitars, an orchestral hum, and a massive refrain, it’s a treasure in its own right. Just as Beneath The Skin hits shelves on June 9, Of Monsters and Men will be in the midst of their biggest year yet.
Be on the lookout for more from Of Monsters and Men very soon as their story expands further, and Beneath The Skin takes listeners deeper.