Of Monsters and Men Plays First of Two Massive NYC Shows

Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men plays the first of two sold-out shows at Terminal 5

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Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men play the first of two sold out shows at Terminal 5. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The first artist to take to the stage was Elle King, who played a brief 20 minute set. Photos by Michel Dussack
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It was a homecoming of sorts for the country artist who now resides in Brooklyn. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Next was fellow Iceland native Sóley who quieted the crowd with her mellow music. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Sóley performed with a drummer and a guitarist, both of whom played sparsely and quietly. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Sóley would frequently loop her vocals on stage while singing new parts, creating an ethereal feel to her music. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Of Monsters and Men hit the stage two minutes earlier than their scheduled 9:30 set. Pictured here is Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer and guitarist. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Co-singer and guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson surrounded by blue light. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Guitarist Brynjar Leifsson plays in front of a giant backdrop with the band's name on it. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson encourages the crowd to clap along to a song with his drumsticks. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Of Monsters and Men are very focused on layered vocals; bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson joins in on a song. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Rounding out the seven piece band are Árni Guðjónsson on keyboards and accordion, and Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir on trumpet and backup vocals. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Of Monsters and Men played a fourteen song set which included all twelve songs from their debut album "My Head Is an Animal". Photos by Michel Dussack
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Because of the sheer number of band members on stage, everyone performs very close together in a line, as opposed to sticking the keyboard players and drummer in the back. Photos by Michel Dussack
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"Mountain Sound", the band's latest single, came fairly on in the set, and throughout all three floors of the venue, people were singing along. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Raggi comes to the edge of the stage to encourage everyone to clap along during "Slow and Steady". Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band spoke about seeing a concert at Terminal 5 just over a year ago and noting how cool of a venue it would be to play themselves, however they surely didn't expect to sell out two nights only seven months after their debut album was released. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Even drummer Arnar got in on the singing, helping to create intricately layered harmonies with everyone else. Photos by Michel Dussack
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When it came time for the band to play their big single "Little Talks", the venue just about exploded in cheers and singing. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Of Monsters and Men ended the night with the very subdued "Yellow Light", a quiet and fitting closing for the show. Photos by Michel Dussack
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