Of Monsters And Men’s “My Head Is An Animal” Certified Platinum in the US
Working on Sophomore Album
Of Monsters and Men’s critically lauded debut album, My Head Is An Animal, just received a platinum certification from the RIAA for sales in excess of 1,000,000.
This is the Icelandic quintet’s first platinum plaque for a full-length release in the US The record is also platinum in Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Iceland, and Australia. This news also follows up last month’s release of the iTunes-exclusive EP, Live From Vatnagarðar—available now and featuring seven tracks from a live studio session including a special take on “Skeletons” from Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
At the moment, the alternative folk trailblazers are back in Iceland composing ideas for their sophomore effort. Building off the magic of My Head Is An Animal, excitement surrounding the music is undeniably palpable. Expect to hear a lot more from Of Monsters and Men soon.
The group’s multiplatinum single "Little Talks" reached #1 on Billboard's Alternative and AAA charts, landed at Top 40, and has achieved platinum status. Its music video is over 85 million YouTube/VEVO views. Its follow-up single "Mountain Sound" reached #5 at Alternative. They also appeared on,Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno twice, once to perform "Little Talks" and then again to perform "Mountain Sound". In addition, their song, “Silhouettes” is featured on the chart-topping soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Meanwhile, "Dirty Paws" serves as a key song for the soundtrack of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig. The track not only is a centerpiece of the tracklisting, but it fueled the trailer as well.
Press acclaim has been unanimous. Vanity Fair exclaimed that they're "Worthy of of the hype", Paste Magazine dubbed them "the next big thing", Nylon Magazine wrote, "Of Monsters and Men have been destined for greatness," and The Huffington Post said, “The Icelandic fivesome have melodies that are eerie, jamming, groovy, and overall epic". Back in early 2012, Rolling Stone Magazine assured that you should "expect them be all over the American indie radar soon", and now they are.
Republic Records would like to congratulate Of Monsters and Men on this milestone.