by Bill Pearis
While the rest of the world was asking who the #$%@ Bonny Bear and Paul McCartney were, I was asking that same question of Of Monsters and Men who are playing here in April. They've already sold out their 4/5 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and 4/6 show at Bowery Ballroom, though the Bowery show was moved to Webster Hall (tickets are still on sale, but maybe not for long). Actually, half their US tour is already sold out (all dates at the bottom of this post).
Then I remembered I had actually seen Of Monsters and Men -- who are from Iceland -- at last year's M for Montreal at teeny tiny club Casa Del Popo. Their name is a bit on the generic side which is why I think I couldn't place it. (You also see a lot of bands at festivals. It's a blur.) Anyway, here's what I wrote then:
The other Icelandic group, Of Monsters and Men, made more of an impression with their stirring folk rock that was augmented by horns and an especially fancy accordion. (It had LED switches on it.) While also similar to a lot of other sweeping ensembles (fill in your favorite here), the songs were memorable and I did wish their set had been a couple songs longer. So it goes with festivals.I don't think a folk band has snuck up like this since Mumford and Sons (or maybe The Head and the Heart).
They're already huge in Iceland (which is like being huge in Rhode Island, but still), where their debut album, My Head is an Animal, was released last year. Of Monsters and Men signed to Universal who rushed out the Into the Woods EP in America late December, which contains the KEXP hit "Little Talks". The band will be at SXSW too and are surely one of the "Bands to Watch" this year for some folks.
Click through for all Of Monsters and Men tour dates, plus some videos as well.
Of Monsters and Men - "Little Talks"
Of Monsters and Men at Iceland Airwaves 2011
Of Monsters and Men - 2012 Tour Dates
March 14 - March 17 - SXSW - Austin, TX
March 20 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA // 2nd show added!!! //
March 21 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA* // SOLD OUT
March 22 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA* // SOLD OUT
March 24 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR* // Now at Roseland Theatre // ^
March 25 - Venue Nightclub - Vancouver, BC* //
March 26 - The Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA* //Now at Showbox Sodo// ^
March 29 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN* // SOLD OUT
March 30 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL* // Now at Park West // ^
March 31 - The LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH // SOLD OUT
April 2 - The Black Cat - Washington D.C.* // SOLD OUT
April 3 - Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA* // SOLD OUT
April 4 - Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA* // 2nd show added!!! // ^
April 5 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY* // SOLD OUT
April 6 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY*/SOLD OUT/ Now at Webster Hall // ^
April 7 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA* // Now at House of Blues // ^
April 9 - Club At Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY* //
April 10 - Jillian's - Albany, NY* //
April 11 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC* //
April 12 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto, ON* //Now at Phoenix Concert Theatre // ^
May 25 - Sasquatch - The Gorge, WA
* with Special Guest Lay Low