Live Video: Of Monsters and Men at Iceland Airwaves ’12

photo by Jim Bennett (view set)

The idea was to recreate the session that started it all. Back in 2010, we filmed Of Monsters and Men in their living room as they were rehearsing for a gig during Iceland Airwaves that year. It was a special moment, for sure, but at the time none of us could predict the outcome or know that we happened to be at the right place in the right time. That video of “Little Talks” caught on like wildfire and soon other stations began playing the song. When the band released it officially in the U.S. in 2011, “Little Talks” was already a hit. Major label record deal, international tour, and top selling album were soon to follow. Now, Of Monsters and Men are receiving well earned praise wherever they go, which for a long time as been away from home. On break from non-stop touring, they returned to Iceland for the 2012 edition of Iceland Airwaves, and we caught them in Reykjavik performing there for the first in a long time. Since we had already done the big stage thing with them before, at SXSW and Iceland Airwaves ’11, we thought it best to go back to those roots, this time in the cozy and quaint living room space on the top floor of Iðnó, a historic theater dating back to the late 1800’s. There among the antique furniture, vintage lamps and period illustrations, Of Monsters and Men performed three songs from their debut, My Head Is an Animal, two of which are new to the 2012 U.S. release, joined this time by touring trumpeter Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir. Check out two of these new videos now, for “Slow and Steady” and “King and Lionheart”:

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  1. vincent
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    totally awsome, stay true to your country, folk iceland background, have fun!

  2. Bruce
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Love your music ! ! ! First heard Mountain Sound by accident, changing stations and finding it on KTAOS in Taos New Mexico, USA. Later I heard a caller describing your music and love for the sound. The person stated he bought My Head Is An Animal and could not believe every song on the CD was remarkable. He could not stop listening to it. So I bought the CD and also found out it is a great CD. A definate ten on the charts.
    Keep it up and bset to the group. I’m hoping to see you live somewhere.

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