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Kayley Kirmse
Of Monsters and Men

Showbox SoDo

Monday, March 27

By Keegan Prosser

Of Monsters and Men bring pure joy to Seattle stage

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Of Monsters and Men Bring -- and Are Met With -- Pure Joy to Showbox SoDo

monsterssodo5.jpg
Kayley Kirmse
Of Monsters and Men

Showbox SoDo

Monday, March 27

By Keegan Prosser

Of Monsters and Men bring pure joy to Seattle stage

Indie-folk act Of Monsters and Men may hail from Reykjavík, Iceland, but their stop at Seattle's Showbox SoDo last night clearly indicates, while far from home, 2011's most buzzed about band found itself among friends. Having recently played a series of shows in Austin at SXSW, the Seattle stop marked one of the first dates on the band's first North American tour - in support of their debut album, My Head Is An Animal, out April 3.

Immeasurable joy seemed to be the theme of the night from the moment the seven-piece took the stage. So much so, that it was hard to distinguish exactly who was more excited to be at the show: the electrically-charged concertgoers bobbing their heads to the catchy folk tracks, or the excitable musicians, who, on several occasions, pulled out their own cell phones to document the night as it unfolded.

Tearing through a 10-song set including an unreleased track called "Beneath My Bed," the group - led by vocalists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson - were charming and animated in their banter with the audience, pausing at just the right moments: once for a charged rendition of "Happy Birthday" directed at band member (and piano/accordion extraordinaire) Árni Guðjónsson, and on several other occasions to thank fans with kind words and a variety of concert swag.

Yet the highlight of the night came eight songs in to the set, when the group ripped into the rousing single, "Little Talks." Already known as the song that put them on the map (via a living room performance taped by Seattle's KEXP), Nanna and Ragner's impeccable delivery was only heightened by the spontaneous eruption of singing and dancing that permeated the room.

In step with the theme, the night proved to be a sweeping love note between the little band that could -- and the city that embraced them early on. Floored by the support from indie-rock fans of the Northwest persuasion and requests for "meira" (the Icelandic term for "more"), the Monsters returned to the stage for a two-song encore that included "Your Bones," and a cover of The Cure's "Close To Me."

What they left on the stage was a postscript of more to come.

Set List:

"Dirty Paws

"From Finner"

"Beneath My Bed"

"Slow and Steady"

"King and Lionheart"

"Love, Love, Love"

"Mountain Sound"

"Lakehouse"

"Little Talks"

"Six Weeks"

Encore:

"Your Bones"

Cover: "Close To Me" by The Cure

Overheard at the show:

"Wait. The album's not out yet?"

"Where are my presents? You haven't given me anything today," Guðjónsson's comical response to the other members giving gifts to the crowd

 
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