Of Monsters And Men earned their nationwide recognition in a battle-of-the-bands competition in their home country of Iceland. This six-member chamber group creates music pulling inspiration from various stories they’ve read, ranging from an American frontiersman to a tale of a whale with a house on its back. Lead vocalist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir’s voice paired with co-singer/guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson’s (whose voice reminds me of The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy) creates multidimensional harmonies that soar and twirl through their songs. Their band profiles an array of instruments including various percussion, keyboards, guitar, winds, and even an accordion. This unconventional mix of sound is what makes Of Monsters And Men stand apart from the rest of the groups heading up to Sasquatch. OMAM is quickly breaking musical ground and making appearances on iPods and late night talk shows around the world. I have to admit that I squealed a bit when they were a late addition to the Sasquatch lineup. They have an intoxicating energy that translates clearly through their recorded music and I think it’s safe to say that their live performances are even more rousing for their audience.
Of Monsters And Men plays at 6:05 pm at the Sasquatch stage on Friday, May 25.