The Icelandic quintet Of Monsters and Men put on an amazing show Aug. 12 at the Greek Theatre. (Meredith Truax)
It is by far a rare occasion when you don’t see any glowing screens coming from cell phones during a concert. That was the kind of effect that Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men had on music fans at the Greek Theatre yesterday evening. With a packed house of 5,000 attendees; Los Angeles was taken to another realm of reality through the hauntingly beautiful music of the evening.
I was definitely thrilled entering the gates of the Greek Theatre and as I made my way to my seats. It was my first time seeing the band in concert, and it was such an engaging performance that left me in awe even hours after it was over. Making their first appearance at the legendary concert venue, Of Monsters and Men began their set with songs from their sophomore album Beneath the Skin. The melodic sounds of the drums and trumpets then transitioned over to their newest single, “Crystals,” which is featured in the trailer for Disney’s upcoming film, The Good Dinosaur.
The energy of the night was released by the soulful voice of lead singer Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdóttir. I admit I chuckled a bit when another music fan in front of me busted a move during the set when the band performed their hit “Little Talks.” Looking around the seats it was such a delight to see the different age ranges that were there that evening. It just comes to show that the music coming from this breathtaking band has influenced music fans from different walks of life.
The chanting of “one more song” was heard from the back of the crowd and then quickly escalated throughout the theatre. The band then proceeded to play three final songs that concluded this celebrated evening. It was also the band’s first time performing their new song “Organs” live in front of an audience. The ambience of the amphitheater and the soulful sounds lit up the L.A. sky as the crowd applauded the amazing performance that the band put out.
As I drove back home from the concert, I just couldn’t get rid of the grin on my face. The hour-and-a-half long performance created this everlasting feeling you get after a concert. I was so moved from seeing them live and I just haven’t felt that effect in a while. I got back home and slowly fell asleep with the soothing sounds of their album on repeat.