Iceland natives Of Monsters and Men are making their way through the US and Canada on their current tour with Half Moon Run. The bands made a stop in Columbus, Ohio to a sold out LC Pavilion on May 29.
Half Moon Run, hailing from Montreal, took the stage promptly at 8 p.m. and surely left a mark with the audience.
The band, consisting of four guys, has a similar sound to Of Monsters and Men, which gave them an advantage. The crowd eagerly participated in the show, clapping along when Half Moon Run prompted them to.
The band stayed energetic throughout their half hour set, dancing throughout each song. During one of the songs, each of the band members had their own drum in front of them where they took turns playing and dancing.
After the energetic set, the crowd waited another half hour for Of Monsters and Men. During that time, a curtain was set up, hiding the stage from the audience.
At 9 p.m. though, Of Monsters and Men kicked of their set, with “Dirty Paws.” The curtain stayed up through the first verse though, leaving the audience wondering what the band was doing.
After the first verse though, and the instrumental took over, the curtain dropped and the audience went crazy. 4,500 people sand along with the band and after”Dirty Paws,” the band thanked everyone for coming out.
From there, Of Monsters and Men made their way through a 14-song set. The band even took a break from their own discography to play a cover of “Skeletons,” which is originally by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. After “Skeletons,” the band played a couple of more songs, before introducing an unreleased song.
The song, titled, “Beneath My Bed,” was written about the neighbors that lived under the band’s apartment.
Then the band spiraled into their last five songs, four of which were their encore.
Of Monsters and Men sang, “Lakehouse,” before exiting the stage for only a moment.
After coming back the band sang their hit, “Little Talks.” Then the band played three more songs before leaving the stage for good.
Both Half Moon Run and Of Monsters and Men have the energy that an indie folk band needs to keep the audience alive at a show. The vocals and instrumentals are also spot on, making the show well worth the wait for Of Monsters and Men to come to the US.
Of Monsters and Men set:
- Dirty Paws
- From Finner
- Slow and Steady
- Mountain Sound
- Your Bones
- Love Love Love
- King and Lionheart
- Beneath My Bed
- Little Talks
- Six Weeks
- Numb Bears
- Yellow Light