Of Monsters And Men, Alligator Review
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OF MONSTERS AND MEN is a GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Icelandic quintet that is making a big noise in the land of pop/folk/rock music. The band formed in 2010 and the members are: lead singer and guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, singer and guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. The bands ability to have either a male or female lead vocals is very interesting, as is their crafty songwriting. Their 2011 debut, My Head Is An Animal, went platinum and produced an international smash in the form of “Little Talks.” The breakthrough single earned a quintuple-platinum certification from the RIAA, made history as “the first song by an Icelandic band to cross 1 billion streams on Spotify,” and landed the band a performance on Saturday Night Live. The group appeared on official soundtracks for franchises such as The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Beat Bugs, to name a few. In addition to performing at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Firefly, and beyond, they supported Florence + the Machine on a high-profile arena tour. In the midst of this rapid rise, 2015’s Beneath The Skin bowed in the Top 3 of the Billboard Top 200 and the band starred in an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones in the same year. Now, OF MONSTERS AND MEN are releasing their first single from their much-anticipated up-coming album, the single is titled “Alligator.” On the empowering anthem and what is coming next for the band they noted, “We are so excited about “Alligator,” the first release from our upcoming album. The song very much speaks to the excitement and energy that we feel about being back. We can’t wait to share more music and see everyone again.”
Release Date: May 3, 2019
OF MONSTERS AND MEN is always evolving, and “Alligator” again shows that the band is still pushing their songwriting chops. With a little more of an edge, “Alligator” maintains the band’s love of energetic beats and strong melodies.