Of Monsters And Men


Do you remember that scene in season 6 of Game Of Thrones when Arya sees a play in Braavos called “The Bloody Hand” performed by Izembaro’s troupe of actors? We didn’t know it at the time but the band of musicians that appear in that play is OF MONSTERS AND MEN. Cameos are the best when they are not immediately obvious.

An Icelandic based group, OF MONSTERS AND MEN, have been on a roll since their debut in 2011. Their first single “ Little Talks” from the album “My Head Is An Animal” went quintuple-platinum and was the first song in Icelandic history to cross 1 billion streams on Spotify. When we saw this stat we had to double-check to make sure it wasn’t a typo. The band has had songs featured in The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, Beat Bugs and more. Add to that, world tours opening for Florence + The Machine and playing festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza and you can see that they are truly Monsters.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN are back with “Alligator” off their new album Fever Dream on Republic Records. The band is no stranger to writing stadium anthems but “Alligator” is on another level and breaks down the stadium walls taking us into the realm of the global anthem. “Alligator” has already slithered up all of the top charts, and although alligators are tough-skinned, the theme of the song looks beneath to reveal a much more sensitive topic.

On “Aligator”, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdóttirwriter and co-vocalist reflects: 

“The song is a mix of many different emotions that come together to create a confusing chaotic state. We wanted the song to feel like a train that keeps going, like an alligator that is rugged and heavy and charges at you. The lyrics tell a story of being completely lost in a “fever dream” state and embracing the chaos that comes with it. It’s a song that embraces femininity and the feeling of being vulnerable yet strong, because ultimately, that is the same thing.”

FEVER DREAM was co-produced by Rich Costey (MUSE, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches).

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