Many music critics criticize bands for sounding better on their albums than in person, casting a dichotomy between the initial talent of the artists and the skills of their producers. However, Of Monsters and Men’s live sound is very close to the recordings on their albums.
While one would not describe Of Monsters and Men’s lyrics as simple, there does seem to be a childlike innocence to them. The band’s lyrics, sung by lead female vocalist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir often focus on animals, the woods and personal rebellions. This theme continues with their cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Skeletons” off of 2009’s It’s Blitz. Despite the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ garage punk leanings, “Skeletons” softer, free association lyrical style underwent a seamless translation onto Of Monsters and Men’s set list.
It is completely fitting that the biography on their facebook page characterizes the band as “an amiable group of day dreamers who craft folkie pop songs. Opening their set with “Dirty Paws” off of their debut LP My Head is an Animal, Of Monsters and Men’s orchestral sound charmed the crowd.
Where a lot of young bands would end on their biggest hit thus far, Of Monsters and Men nestled “Little Talks” firmly within their set. Instead of letting their setlist climax on the last song, Of Monsters and Men wanted to end things on a calm note. Female lead singer Hilmarsdóttir introduced their last track, “Yellow Light” as a lullaby which closed their album and subsequently, their set.