Of Monsters and Men
|Of Monsters and Men|
Of Monsters and Men playing in New York City on 5 April 2012
|Genres||Indie pop, indie folk, indie rock|
|Labels||Record Records, Universal Republic, Republic|
|Members||Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson
Kristján Páll Kristjánsson
|Past members||Árni Guðjónsson|
Of Monsters and Men is a six-piece, English-language, indie folk/pop band from Iceland, formed in 2010. The members are lead singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer/guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, keyboard player Árni Guðjónsson and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. The band won the Músíktilraunir in 2010, an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland. In 2011, Of Monsters and Men released an EP titled Into the Woods. The band's debut album My Head Is an Animal (2011), reached the No.1 position in Australia, Iceland, Ireland and the US Rock and Alternative Charts, while peaking at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, No. 3 in the UK, and Top 20 of most European charts and Canada. Its lead single "Little Talks" was an international success, reaching the Top 10 in most music charts in Europe, including No.1 in Ireland and Iceland, and No. 1 on US Alternative Songs.
Of Monsters and Men is a winner of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards. The European Border Breakers Awards honour the best new music acts in Europe. The award ceremony takes place at the Dutch Eurosonic Noorderslag music festival in Groningen.
Formation and early work (2009—2010) 
The band's origins began in 2009 when Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir decided to add to her solo project, Songbird. Of Monsters and Men entered 2010's Músíktilraunir as a quartet with members Nanna (co lead vocals, guitar), Raggi (co lead vocals, guitar, melodica, glockenspiel), Brynjar (guitar, melodica, backing vocals), and Arnar (drums, percussion, melodica, glockenspiel, accordion, backing vocals). Following Músiktilraunir, the quartet added two more members, Árni (accordion/keys, backing vocals) and Kristján (bass, backing vocals), and continued to tour venues in Iceland and work on new songs.
They were invited to perform at the 2010 Iceland Airwaves festival, and it is there that the Seattle-based radio station KEXP recorded the band performing "Little Talks" from a Living Room Session.
My Head Is an Animal (2011—present) 
The band signed with Republic Records in February 2011 for the release of their debut album in Iceland. In August 2011, Philadelphia's Radio 104.5 began playing "Little Talks" and propelled the band to nationwide popularity. Their debut album My Head Is an Animal was released in Iceland in September 2011 with both it and "Little Talks" hitting No. 1.
With success in Iceland, and growing popularity in the USA, the band was signed to Universal for a worldwide release of their debut album. The band released its Into the Woods EP on 20 December 2011, which features four songs from their debut album, and later released My Head Is an Animal in the United States on 3 April 2012.
The band performed at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island on July 29, 2012, Osheaga Festival in Montreal on August 3, 2012, and then at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 5, 2012. In recent weeks, they have toured in several European countries including Ireland, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. Of Monsters and Men also appeared October 5, 2012 on the new PBS music show, "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders," performing "Mountain Sound." 
Trumpeter, Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, joined in the 2012 tour, and is simply a session player. The band has not commented on interest to eventually bring her into the band.
The band will perform in the 1st Annual Boston Calling Music Festival on May 26th, 2013 .
The band will play T in the Park in July 2013, the biggest music festival in Scotland. They played on both Lollapalooza Brazil and Chile. They are also scheduled to play at Coachella, on April 12 and 19. On January 26, 2013, Little Talks was voted into the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2012 at number two, a prestigious musical honour in Australia. They will appear at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee in June 2013. They have also been scheduled to play the other stage at Glastonbury Festival in that same month.
Band members 
- Current members
- Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir - lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2010-present)
- Ragnar Þórhallsson - lead vocals, acoustic guitar (2010-present)
- Brynjar Leifsson - lead guitar, baritone guitar, backing vocals (2010-present)
- Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson - drums, percussion, backing vocals (2010-present)
- Kristján Páll Kristjánsson - bass guitar, backing vocals (2010-present)
- Former members
- Touring members
- Steingrimur Karl Teague - piano (2012-present)
- Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir - trumpet (2012-present)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|My Head Is an Animal||1||17||14||45||4||4||1||5||4||6||3|
Extended plays 
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Into the Woods||108||18|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Little Talks"||2011||1||7||9||3||55||5||3||1||4||12||20||1||My Head Is an Animal|
|"King and Lionheart"||2013||1||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||38|
|"—" denotes singles that were not released, or did not chart.|
|2012||MTV Video Music Awards||"Little Talks"||Best Art Direction||Nominated|
|2012||MTV Europe Music Awards||Themselves||Best Push Act||Nominated|
|2013||ECHO Awards||My Head is an Animal||Best International Newcomer||Nominated|
|Best International Rock/Pop Group||Nominated|
|2013||Juno Awards||"Little Talks"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||Billboard Music Awards||My Head is an Animal||Top Rock Album||Nominated|
- A Arni has decided to leave the band and go back to school. They are all still close and the band says they are not looking to replace him. Steingrimur Karl Teague is touring with the band playing keys and accordion in his place at the present time.
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- "Friday on My Mind: KEXP’s Most Viewed In-Studio Sessions". KEXP. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- Wete, Brad (5 May 2013). "Of Monsters and Men Perform 'Little Talks' and 'Mountain Sound' on 'SNL'". Billboard.com. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "ARIA Albums Charts". ARIA.
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- "Of Monsters and Men: Spring Tour, Platinum Single and More". Retrieved 3 May 2013.
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- "Italy Charts: Top Digital Download". Federation of the Italian Music Industry. fimi.it. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
- "Of Monsters And Men - Irish Charts". irish-charts.com/ Hung Medien.
- http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=41241. Missing or empty
- "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 24 March 2013". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
- "Canadian digital download certifications – Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks". Music Canada.
- "Certifications in Germany". 17 August 2012.
- "Italy Certifications". Federation of the Italian Music Industry. fimi.it. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
- "Week Ending Oct. 21, 2012. Songs: Rihanna Ties Whitney". Recording Industry Association of America. music.yahoo.com. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
- "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 28 April 2013". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
- Reason why Arni left http://fuckyeahnannabh.com/image/36837821281 . Retrieved 19 January 2013
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