Of Monsters and Men Setlist
Dressed in a "Some Kind of Wonderful" top with tight silver pants, singer Ingrid Helene Håvik shook and boogie throughout their 25 minute set. Starting off with a deliberate slowed version of "Lover, Where Do You Live?" in a darkened set with only bare minimal lighting from four backlit stands, the band quickly picked up the beat with their new single "Keep That Letter Safe" (the lone exception of songs not from the 2014 album).
This was just a brief taste of what the band is like, we're hoping for them to play a longer set the next time they come through town as headliner of a small club.
When we first caught Of Monsters and Men in March 2012 at the sold out Fine Line Music Café (capacity 750), we noted that the venue was probably the smallest gig we'll ever see them play. It's true, they returned in December at First Avenue (capacity 1500) that same year. Now the band is playing a 5,000 capacity venue like Roy Wilkins in St Paul.
Not only has the band grown in venue, but they also grew as a touring band. Originally they were only a five piece: singer/acoustic guitar Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, lead vocalists/acoustic guitar Ragnar Þórhallsson, lead guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, and drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson... but for this 2015, as you can see from the photograph, they've added four additional players: Steingrimur Karl Teague, Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Bjarni Þór Jensson, and Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir. The four additional players handled multiple intrustments, such as accordions, extra percussionists/kick drums, trombone, extra guitars, keyboards, etc., which does add a much bigger, stadium-filled sound to their already existing anthemic songs.
They had a nice massive MMMM custom light setup and spacious arrangements, and with additional improvements, we're almost certain that they are ready for even larger, stadium-sized shows.
Their last thirty minutes of their set was devoted to older songs, starting with "Lakehouse" with set finale "Six Weeks". This is followed by a three song encore (or as they wrote on their setlist: ugla), starting with "Organs", "Dirty Paws" (another "hey" hit song), and ending with "We Sink".
Of Monsters and Men's latest Beneath the Skin is out now on Republic.
Remaining tour dates:
10/04/15 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
10/05/15 Houston, TX Bayou Music
10/07/15 Nashville, TN Ryman Aud
10/08/15 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amph
10/09/15 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amp
10/11/15 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
10/13/15 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center
10/14/15 Salt Lake City, UT Great Salt Air
10/16/15 Berkely,CA Greek Theatre
10/17/15 San Diego, CA Cal Coast
10/18/15 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater
10/29/15 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene
10/30/15 Stockholm Munchenbryggeriet
10/31/15 Copenhagen Vega
11/02/15 Berlin, DE Columbia Halle
11/03/15 Amsterdam, NLParadiso
11/05/15 Paris, France Casino De Paris
11/06/15 Groningen, NL O’Port
11/06/15 - 11/07/15 Rolling Stone Weekender
11/09/15 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
11/10/15 Florence, Italy Obihall
11/12/15 Munich, DE Zenith
11/13/15 Winterthur – Eishalle Deutweg
11/15/15 Brussels, Belgium Forest National
11/16/15 Cologne, DE Palladium
11/18/15 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
11/19/15 Birmingham, UK O2 Academy
11/20/15 Bristol, UK O2 Academy
11/22/15 Dublin, Irela/15 Olympia Theatre
11/23/15 Glasgow, UK Barrowlands
11/24/15 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
11/25/15 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton
11/27/15 Sheffield, UK O2 Academy Sheffield
11/28/15 Lincoln, UK Engine Shed
11/29/15 Newcastle, UK O2 Academy Newcastle
12/03/15 Norfolk, VA Constant Conv
12/05/15 Tampa, FL Mid Florida Credit
12/06/15 Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Park
Of Monsters and Men at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St Paul (01 October 2015)