Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Of Monsters and Men Didn't Know They Were Nominated for a MTV VMA - Spinner

Of Monsters and Men

Icelandic folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men were recently nominated for their first MTV Video Music Award in the Art Direction category for their video "Little Talks."

It took them a while before they caught wind of this news, though. In fact, it wasn't until the Icelandic press broke it to them actually.

"He did an interview and I read it," lead singer Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson tells Spinner, of how he found out about the nod through an interview his bandmate Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, was in the middle of. "It was during our vacation so we weren't speaking at the time."

Þórhallsson adds, "It's an honor, but also for the people who made the video. It's their prize. We won't be able to attend the awards show."

Hilmarsson interjects. "We will be in Europe but we will send holograms of ourselves."

Admittedly, the Icelandic press seems to be on top of their Of Monsters and Men news and this comes both as a blessing and a curse as the band's celebrity status rises in their home country.

"The Icelandic press is always the first to pick up on these kinds of things," says Þórhallsson. "They're just sitting and waiting, like, 'What are you doing?' all the time. Sometimes they just make up stories."

Still, Þórhallsson assures us that the press there is less the paparazzi variety and more the rooting for the locals-type.

"They just want us to do good," he says. "But they follow our every step. It's strange."

The band's uplifting folk-pop anthems have clearly struck a chord with fans at home as well. The last time the band performed in Iceland, they played in front of an 18,000 plus audience. "Almost seven per cent of the population there," jokes Hilmarsson.

"I don't think people walk up to us on the street, but that actually happens to Raggi and [Of Monsters and Men's co-singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir] because they're the singers, the rest of us can live our lives normally," says Hilmarsson.

Þórhallsson adds, "It's only 13-year-old girls and really buff guys, though!

"When I'm downtown during the weekends, there's always really buff guys going, 'Oh yeah, congratulations!'"

The band will continue to tour into the new year, supporting the release of their debut album My Head is an Animal in various countries. They're dying to settle down and pen some new songs, though.

"That's definitely all we've been talking about," says Þórhallsson, on writing new material for another album. "We're always playing the same songs on the road and it doesn't ever get boring but it would be nice to add some more songs to the set is all."

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