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Of Monsters and Men @ The TLA.

April 7, 2012

Text by Ashley Hall. Images by Brandee Nichols.

The six-piece Icelandic crew Of Monsters and Men played back to back sold-out shows this week at the TLA and damn, they were good.

Their album My Head is an Animal just dropped in the U.S. this week, and the crowd was already singing, and swaying along.

Once various solo projects, the band that formed in 2009 couldn’t possibly play a more cohesive set. Songs included hits off their new album, the EP Into the Woods and a cover of The Cure’s “Close to me.”

“I must say, I like the people here way more than the cheesesteak,” guitarist and vocalist Ragnar Þórhallsson told the crowd.

Their single “Little Talks” grabbed a ton of attention when Philly’s own Radio 104.5 started throwing it into the mix. So naturally when the band struck the chords for the hit mid-set, the ground started to shake.

Of the 32 shows they have and will play in North America, 22 were sold out. The group will finish out their tour of North American April 12th.

Singer and Songwriter Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, better known as Lay Low, who’s also from Iceland, opened for the group.

If you missed them, don’t fret. The guys and gals will return July 28th for Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party. And guess what? It’s free.

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