Live Video: Mono Town

photo by Jim Bennett

Monotown: it’s a name you’ll be hearing a lot on KEXP, and hopefully everywhere else, in 2013. Over the past several years, our trips to Iceland have allowed us to discover bands sometimes even before they’ve released any albums (as was the case with Of Monsters and Men in 2010), or at least before they’ve reached the wider audiences they deserve, like Sóley and Sin Fang. One of the most promising groups we saw in 2012 hadn’t yet even mastered their debut, but they blew us away with their impassioned, full-fledged sound. Mash boisterous Britpop with Morricone-esqe spaghetti westerns soundtracks, add a healthy dose of late 60’s Beatles, and you’ll get a hint of what Monotown promises with their upcoming release, In The Eye Of The Storm. During Iceland Airwaves ’12, we met up with Monotown to record three songs with them at Studio-Syrland in downtown Reykjavik. Trust us, you’re going to want to hear this now:

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