As a music fan, there might not be anything more exciting than getting in on the ground floor with a band just as it’s about to break out big-time.
(Obviously, it’d be cooler to champion a band long before it gets its big break, but that’s hard to do — unless you’re embedded in an awesome music scene or just plain lucky.)
Anyway, if you’re reading this post in February 2012, you still have a chance to be among the early adopters to Of Monsters and Men, a band that should make a big splash in the coming months.
Critical praise for the five-piece indie/folk-pop group from Iceland has slowly been bubbling up during the past year and should reach a boiling point once they release their full-length debut, My Head Is An Animal, worldwide.
The album came out in Iceland in September 2011 and has helped them become radio darlings locally.
They have been receiving airplay on a few radio stations in America during the past year. And sales for their big single, “Little Talks”, have steadily risen.
That track is definitely their best to date, but there are plenty of solid songs on the LP, including “Six Weeks”, “Dirty Paws”, “King and Lionheart” and “Your Bones”.
With the raucous instrumentation and the folky male-female vocals, the group has received plenty of comparisons to Arcade Fire and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and, to a lesser extent, Mumford & Sons.
The band will begin touring the United States in late March and will be at Subterranean in Chicago on March 30. Chances are, as more and more people hear this album, tickets will quickly become scarce.