The band’s lead single off the album “Alligator” had one of the fastest rises to #1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart and is already Top 5 at Alternative Radio.
The official music video for the track features Nanna and the band living out a wild night in one of Iceland’s most haunted hotels. Check out the video for “Alligator” Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThrK0Re1lJs
On this new album the band deals with more personal themes and as Nanna has mentioned in interviews “Alligator” is all about feeling powerful as a woman (see here). For this album, the band took a different approach to songwriting/creating the music than they have in past records, writing separately and changing up roles within the band (on some tracks Ragnar doesn’t play guitar for example). The entire album, produced by Rich Costey (MUSE, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches), is an evolution for the band after their break from touring in 2016.
The artwork for the album cover and the singles was created by Icelandic artist Jón Sæmundur Auðarson who created 5 paintings based on the album. The band released limited edition vinyl for each of the five paintings online and each one sold out instantly. See all five of the paintings here!
Coming up they will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on July 30th, the Grammy Museum on August 2nd and their full headline North American tour- making stops at Radio City Music Hall on September 5th and LA’s Palladium on September 22nd. See their previous performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Here and recent VEVO live performance of “Alligator” Here and “Little Talks” Here!
Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdóttir on “Alligator” “The song is a mix of many different emotions that come together to create a confusing chaotic state. We wanted the song to feel like a train that keeps going, like an alligator that is rugged and heavy and charges at you. The lyrics tell a story of being completely lost in a “fever dream” state and embracing the chaos that comes with it. It’s a song that embraces femininity and the feeling of being vulnerable yet strong because ultimately, that is the same thing.”
Of Monsters and Men on their FEVER DREAM Artwork and art for this album campaign: The FEVER DREAM art is taken from 5 paintings done by the Icelandic artist Jón Sæmundur Auðarson. The band felt that Jón was the perfect person to create art that would serve as the base for the FEVER DREAM visual world. He had the music from day one and listened to it while painting these paintings. As the music developed, so did the paintings. His art feels both chaotic and focused and that’s how the band sees this album and the process of making it. Jon is extremely creative and such a kind person to be around. He oozes positivity.