Of Monsters and Men perform an acoustic set in The Current studio

Of Monsters and Men perform in The Current studio
Of Monsters and Men performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Of Monsters and Men - Wars (Live at The Current) 03:29

On their latest album, Fever Dream, Of Monsters and Men took a different approach than on their previous releases, choosing to compose on computers rather than on guitars or keyboards. "In this dynamic as a band, we [had previously] mainly focused on playing together with instruments," says guitarist Ragnar Thorhallson. "So for this [album], we wanted to step away from that, eliminate our roles a bit, and kind of play around more."

The lead single from the album, "Alligator," has exposed Of Monsters and Men's music to a larger audience in the U.S. than the band had previously enjoyed. "That's great," Thorhallson says. "That's what we set out to do. It's nice."

In town for a show at Surly Brewing's Festival Field, Of Monsters and Men's Thorhallson, along with singer/guitarist Nanna Hilmarsdottir and drummer Arnar Rosenkranz, stopped at The Current for an acoustic session hosted by Mac Wilson.

The acoustic version of "Alligator" still captures the anthemic essence of the album version of the song. "This was the very first song that we worked on all together as a band after being in our own corners writing for a while," Hilmarsdottir explains.

"It was a uniting song," Rosenkranz adds.

Use the audio player above to hear the entire session with Of Monsters and Men, including the group's recollections of their appearance on the hit television series, Game of Thrones.

Songs Performed


"Alligator"
"Wars"
Both songs from Of Monsters and Men's 2019 album, Fever Dream, available on Republic Records.

Hosted by Mac Wilson
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by John Miller
Visuals by Nate Ryan, Peter Ecklund and Melanie Renee Ellsworth
Web feature by Luke Taylor

External Link

Of Monsters and Men - official site

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    Of Monsters and Men perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Arnar Rosenkranz of Of Monsters and Men performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Nanna Hilmarsdottir of Of Monsters and Men performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Of Monsters and Men's Nanna Hilmarsdottir in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Nanna Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallson of Of Monsters and Men performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Nanna Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallson of Of Monsters and Men performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Ragnar Thorhallson of Of Monsters and Men performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Nanna Hilmarsdottir of Of Monsters and Men performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Of Monsters and Men perform in The Current studio
    Of Monsters and Men performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Of Monsters and Men perform in The Current studio
    Nanna Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallson of Of Monsters and Men performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)