Of Monsters and Men “Alligators”, a selection of timbres used to create a celebratory energy

A pulsing four on the floor and layers of crunchy guitars digs in sonically while Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir passionately sings lyrics about feeling restless in her skin. The production has a thunderous sound that showcases how Of Monsters and Mens sound has evolved from the cute folk-pop that inspired so many to pick up an acoustic guitar and learn basic chords into a layered and sonically more sophisticated sound that will have fans of larger than live music production and engineering techniques enthralled.

This comes at a time of transition for many bands that started out as folk artists, the first name to come to mind would be Mumford and Sons. However their is something about “Alligator” that feels more otherworldly and wondrous than let’s say “The Wolf”. This is probably partially due to the way the composition of “Alligator” evolves rhythmically and features more creative use of panning and overall is just less of a raw sound.

While “Alligator” has a sense of urgency the use of sharps in the harmony really does allow it to breath in a way that has a blue aura of trust and stability around it. This could be partially why the group chose to record their music video in one of the most haunted hotels in Iceland meaning they felt a sense of trust with the kindred spirits that inhabited the hotel. Check out the music video and check their tour dates below!

Of Monsters and Men North American Fall Headline Tour:

September 4th            Washington, DC        The Anthem

September 5th          New York, NY            Radio City Music Hall

September 7th          Uncasville, CT           Mohegan Sun Arena

September 8th            Boston, MA                Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

September 10th          Philadelphia, PA        The Met

September 11th          Toronto, ON               Budweiser Stage

September 13th          Chicago, IL                 Aragon Ballroom

September 14th          Minneapolis, MN        Surly Brewing Festival Field

September 16th          Denver, CO                Mission Ballroom

September 17th          Ogden, UT                 Ogden Twilight at the Ogden Amphitheater**

September 19th          Santa Barbara, CA    Santa Barbara Bowl

September 21st          Las Vegas, NV           Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival**

September 22nd          Los Angeles, CA        Hollywood Palladium

September 24th          San Francisco, CA    Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

September 26th          Seattle, WA                WAMU Theater

September 27th          Portland, OR              Edgefield

September 28th          Vancouver, BC          UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

November 6-9th          Reykjavik, Iceland     Iceland Airwaves 2019**

** don’t come with album bundle **

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**** if anyone knows the name of the hotel I’d sincerely appreciate it because I assumed it was kindred spirits that haunted the hotel but for all I know the ghosts are malicious, I’m assuming these things based on the production of “Alligator”

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