TIME IN THE SUN
Of Monsters and Men are seeing their stocks soar in Australia, with an elevated billing at this year’s Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay
Nanna Hilmarsdottir has a beastly appetite. The 26-year-old lead singer and guitarist from Iceland widescreen indie outfit Of Monsters and Men has just demolished six waffles. “It’s a record,” she says proudly. “I feel kinda bad but it was amazing, dried cherries inside the waffles and syrup and pink butt-errrr. It was crazy,” she says, inwardly burping.
Nanna’s appetite for destruction could be to do with her band hitting the road after finally completing their follow-up to 2011’s debut album My Head Is an Animal, the altogether more insular, still-stadium Beneath the Skin.
Australia has taken to Of Monsters and Men like a bindi to a forehead; ethereal cloudburster Little Talks took out the No.2 position on 2012’s Triple J Hottest 100 and a hands-in-the-air show at Splendour In the Grass followed as did shows at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Newport Folk, Osheaga, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Pukkelpop.
The five-piece (formerly six) from Keflavik has moved up the bill for this trip to Byron Bay, co-headlining with Blur, Florence + the Machine, Mark Ronson, The Wombats and Tame Impala. Of Monsters and Men will rip down the east coast and everywhere she goes Nanna’s name will be a source of polite mockery.
‘They call me Nanna in Australia as well. I am foreverrr the Grandmoth-errr,” she jokes.
Nanna and co. could even retire out here one day. “It’s true, Australia is one of our strongest markets,” she says.
“It’s always nice when we were playing warm places,” Nanna says, trying to figure out why we’ve gone wild for her group. “We can thank the sun,” she laughs.
Of Monsters and Men, Splendour in the Grass, North Byron Parklands, July 24
Nanna Hilmarsdottir from Of Monsters And Men.