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 **
**** 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”