Monday, March 16, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Of Monsters and Men

Big news today as it relates to the wonderful Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men...

Of Monsters and Men to release new album 'Beneath the Skin' on June 9, 2015

World premiere of first single "Crystals" with IHeart Radio

OF MONSTERS AND MEN have announced June 9, 2015 as the release date for their long awaited second full-length album, Beneath The Skin[Republic Records]. The critically acclaimed multiplatinum Icelandic quintet also debuted the first single “Crystals” today with a special iHeartRadio world premiere. The songs official lyric video was also released on VEVO. You can view it HERE. The band returns with another powerfully beautiful anthem, expanding the signature sound countless fans fell in love with.

With the announcement, the digital pre-order is now live at participating digital retailers and it includes an immediate download of “Crystals” with purchase. Beyond the single "Crystals,"the standard edition of Beneath The Skin includes eleven tracks, while the deluxe edition features the bonus tracks "Backyard" and "Winter Sound." In addition, it boasts a remix of"Black Water" by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and a remix of "I Of The Storm" by Jonsi (Sigur Ros) collaborator, Alex Somers. Pre-order the deluxe version 

As an added bonus, fans who pre-order through the OF MONSTERS AND MEN official site will receive early pre-sale access for tickets to their upcoming headline tour dates. (

The group spent the past year working on Beneath The Skin with co-producer Rich Costey[Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster The People, Interpol] between studios in Iceland and Los Angeles. They began teasing the first single, “Crystals” last week with a special trailer unveiling the single’s title and release date.

Leading up to the release, OF MONSTERS AND MEN will embark on their world tour beginning May 4 at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario. They play North American major markets before heading overseas for the tour’s European leg.

Expect more big things from OF MONSTERS AND MEN very soon.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN have come a long way from their native Iceland. They quickly became a phenomenon in 2011 with the quadruple-platinum “Little Talks” and their chart-topping debut, My Head Is An Animal, which has since moved 2 million copies worldwide. Since then, the group have delivered rapturous performances at festivals such as  Lollapalooza,Bonnaroo, CoachellaNewport Folk FestivalOsheaga, GlastonburyReading and Leeds,Pukkelpop, and Splendour in the Grass as well as at countless sold out headline shows the world over. They have charmed TV audiences with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (twice), Late Night with Jimmy FallonThe Graham Norton Show, and Saturday Night Live. In the midst of it all, they lent the single “Dirty Paws” to a trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mittyand the iPhone 5 introduction video, while “Silhouettes” was featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

Tour Dates
May 4th            Toronto, ON                Massey Hall
May 5th            Washington, DC          Echostage
May 7th           New York, NY             Hammerstein Ballroom
May 8th            Boston, MA                 Orpheum Theatre
May 9th            Providence, RI            Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
May 10th          Camden, NJ               WRFF Birthday Bash
May 12th          Chicago, IL                 Riviera Theatre
May 17th          Santa Barbara, CA     KJEE Summer Round-Up
May 19th          Portland, OR               Roseland Theater
May 20th          Portland, OR               Roseland Theater
May 22nd            George, WA                Sasquatch! Music Festival
June 6th           Mountain View, CA     Live 105 BFD
June 16th            London, UK                 London Forum
June 17th            Paris, France              Bataclan
June 19-21      Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival
June 20th            Hilvarenbeek , Holland - Best Kept Secret
June 19-21      Scheessel, Germany  Hurricane Festival
June 24th            Zagreb, Croatia           INmusic Festival
June 26th         Werchter, Belgium      Rock Werchter
June 27th            Nantes, France           Le Stéréolux
June 26-28      Marmande, France     Festival Garorock
June 30th            Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
July 1st            Frankfurt, Germany    Batschkapp
July 3rd            Gdynia, Poland           Open'er Festival
July 5th                Turku, Finland            Ruisrock Festival
July 7th            Milan, Italy                  Unaltrofestival
July 8th            Rome , Italy                Auditorium Parco della Musica
July 10th          Barcelona, Spain        Cruilla Festival
July 11th             Bilbao, Spain               BBK Live
July 26th          Niigata, Japan             Fuji Rock
August 7-9       Squamish, BC            Squamish Valley Music Festival

Beneath The Skin Track Listing:

  1. Crystals
  2. Human
  3. Hunger
  4. Wolves Without Teeth
  5. Empire
  6. Slow Life
  7. Organs
  8. Black Water
  9. Thousand Eyes
  10. I Of The Storm
  11. We Sink
Included on Deluxe:
  1. Backyard
  2. Winter Sound
  3. Black Water (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear Remix)
  4. I Of The Storm (Alex Somers Remix)
Of Monsters and Men Links

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