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Growing Up In Public
Currently charming the under-crackers off of all and sundry thanks to their chart-bothering single ‘Little Talks’ and debut album My Head Is An Animal, Edwin McFee meets Icelandic indie folksters Of Monsters And Men to talk overnight success, cracking the States and why everyone thinks they’re Irish.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 17 Oct 2012
In many respects, Icelandic indie-folk band Of Monsters And Men’s rapid rise is like something out of a Hans Christian Andersen tale. After emerging victorious in 2010 at Musiktilraunir, the annual battle of the bands in their native land, the then quartet put their prize of studio time to good use by recording as much material as they could, added two more members, toured the country and afterwards, in 2011, released an insanely infectious song called ‘Little Talks’ that pretty much slayed the dragon/wicked witch that is the mainstream singles chart, changing their lives for good as a result. Fast forward to 2012 and the track has also hit the number one slot in Ireland. At the time of writing the cut is inescapable, with its trumpet-infused melodies scoring everything from adverts to football highlights to reality show meltdowns.
When Hot Press catches up with sleep-deprived Of Monsters And Men co-singer/guitarist Raggi Porhallsson as he boards his tour bus in New York, we have a very simple question for him as our opening gambit — where did it all go right?
“You tell me, I’m as surprised as anyone,” laughs the musician. “The last year really has been a fairy tale. It’s been crazy. We first released ‘Little Talks’ ourselves last year back home and now it’s everywhere and lots of people seem to love it. The past 12 months has been a dream start for us. It’s been crazy running around everywhere, playing as much as we can and doing as many interviews as possible just to get the word out. It’s cool that people want to talk to us though and we’re really grateful that everyone wants to hear us.”
To paraphrase a line from the modern-day poet that is Mr. Ron Burgundy, Of Monsters And Men are kind of a big deal in the States right now too. Sell-out tours, endless rotation on radio stations and a burgeoning romance with MTV has meant that their debut record My Head Is An Animal has given them success beyond their wildest dreams. It seems global domination is inevitable.