Of Monsters and Men, are named after a reference to the novel by John Steinbeck, “Of Mice and Men.” They are a quintet of musicians from Iceland who were part of a music project started by lead singer Nanna to enter the Icelandic Músíktilraunir band competition. They won the competition and toured Iceland until catching their international break at a 2010 Iceland Airwaves festival.
And I saw Iceland's finest last night at Manchester Academy and as expected, they were bloody brilliant! When they appear on stage, their performance is so sincere with a lot of enthusiasm. The audience can see the pride that they have in their music. The Iceland flag also stood proudly near the drummer, as he enthusiastically waved his arms at the crowd to clap and sing along to the songs.
They began with Dirty Paws which I could have guessed due to it being the first song on the album and also has the line 'my head is an animal' included - which of course is their album title.
The set list I thought was great as after most of the slower songs there was an upbeat one after to contrast.
I would definitely recommend seeing Of Monster And Men and I really hope their at Leeds this year!