Review: Of Monsters and Men, Rock City
Playing their first ever Nottingham show, six piece folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men sold out Rock City and rightly so.
With a late 9:30pm set and a mixed crowd of adults and teenagers, the stage is filled with instruments – two pianos, a trumpet, four guitars and a native Iceland flag hanging in front of the drums.
The intense almost theatrical atmosphere begins with flashing stage lights and epic organ led chords.
Dirty Paws is a hand clapping, foot stomping, piano bashing song with acoustic guitars and breathy female vocals complimenting the male singer’s husky tones.
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Infectious, cheery and loveable – the essence of the bands successful formulaic style, as heard in recent singles Mountain Sound and King & Lionheart.
The tone slows down for Love Love Love where both singers separate to convey a simple love story where trumpets and accordions tell the tale before a tinkly piano outro.
Later, the crowd embraces every second of debut release Little Talks by pushing forward, jumping and singing the lyrics perfectly.
The two song encore, the spine tingling Sloom and epic Yellow Lights, sees the band ritually bow down and thank the audience but only after the female singer scales the speakers.
To compare Of Monsters and Men to another band it would have to be Mumford & Sons – building introductions to catchy, memorable choruses and a similar stage presence.
Live, the collective are far more theatrical and emotional. And they clearly love what they are doing – a must see for 2013.