Of Monsters and Men
HAIM, Half Moon Run
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
This event is all ages
Of Monsters and Men
Of Monsters and Men first had the world talking in 2011 with their inescapable and infectious quadruple-platinum smash "Little Talks." An engaging mix of authentic indie and alternative, the Icelandic quintet's critically praised full-length debut "My Head Is An Animal" [Republic Records] climbed to the top of the Billboard Top 200 and has sold over 2 million albums worldwide.
Since then, the group have delivered rapturous performances at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, Osheaga, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Pukkelpop, and Splendour in the Grass as well as at countless sold out headline shows the world over.
They have charmed TV audiences with appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (twice), "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "The Graham Norton Show," and "Saturday Night Live." In the midst of it all, they lent the single "Dirty Paws" to a trailer for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and the iPhone 5 introduction video, while "Silhouettes" was featured on "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack.
Fast forward to 2013. The group headed back home to Iceland to begin building the framework for their highly anticipated sophomore effort. Splitting studio sessions between Iceland and Los Angeles throughout 2014 and early 2015, Of Monsters and Men tapped Rich Costey [Muse, Foster The People, Interpol] to co-produce what would become their second full-length -- "Beneath The Skin."
The new single "Crystals" heralds the album's release. Propelled by gargantuan drums, resounding acoustic guitars, an orchestral hum, and a massive refrain, it's a treasure in its own right. Just as "Beneath The Skin" hits shelves on June 9, Of Monsters and Men will be in the midst of their biggest year yet.
Be on the lookout for more from Of Monsters and Men very soon as their story expands further, and "Beneath The Skin" takes listeners deeper.
Hailing from the San Fernando Valley, HAIM consists of, “Three sisters, and a mister” that has been shaking things up in the city of Los Angeles for the past four years. It is truly a family affair for the band which prides themselves on being able to switch from instrument to instrument with complete confidence and ease, and all while singing in three part harmony.
The sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana, grew up playing classic rock songs with their parents in a family band, called “Rockinhaim,” which played for charity events and street fairs. After years of playing with their parents, the girls decided to strike out on their own, and began writing their own material. Este, the eldest of the three, plays bass guitar and found time in between touring to graduate from UCLA with a degree in Music. Danielle, the 22 year old lead guitar player, who previously toured with Jenny Lewis, Cee-lo Green, and Julian Casablancas. Alana, the youngest in the band, plays rhythm guitar, keyboard, and percussion. Rounding out the group is Dash Hutton, who previously played drums for LA bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chickens. Over the past few years, the band has opened up for Julian Casablancas, Cold War Kids, Ke$ha, Group Love, No Age, The Bird and the Bee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Chief and The Henry Clay People. In February 2012, HAIM released a three song EP titled Forever, which is also the title track on the record. It can be downloaded for free at Haimtheband.com.
Half Moon Run
"It was buzz heaven...Half Moon Run were borne aloft through the streets to be crowned Buzz Kings Of The Festival." -- NME at M for Montreal, November, 2011
"What most agreed was the best new band of the week, Half Moon Run. The Montreal trio match songwriting (and harmonies) of '60's folk rock with the atmospherics of Radiohead. I was instantly impressed" -- Brooklyn Vegan at M for Montreal, November, 2011
Half Moon Run is a talented young trio from Ottawa, Ontario and Comox, British Columbia. It was in a studio situated in Montreal's Mile-End district, through the hardships of time constraints and flatlined bank accounts, that the trio bonded and created their unique sound, fusing together the restless elements of indie, pop and folk with beautiful rhythmic harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica.
Armed with solid training and raw talent, they mix and combine their different musical backgrounds. Their complex arrangements, inspired by both classical and modern composers, are particularly striking to hear and see during their live shows. Devon Portielje's remarkable voice is beautifully backed up by Connor Molander and Dylan Phillips. Phillips often plays drums and keys simultaneously as Molander and Portielje shuffle between guitar, keys, samplers, and percussion folky three-part harmonies hold down moody, psychedelic arrangements and electronic-infused soundscapes.
Although together for less than two years, the band has quickly caught the ear of programmers and tastemakers. The trio wowed audiences at SXSW, CMW, M for Montreal and Great Escape, and were proclaimed "Buzz Kings Of The (M for Montreal) Festival" by NME.
2012 kicked off with the launch of their debut album "DARK EYES" on March 27 in Canada, entering right away into Canadian charts, followed by an international tour. Second half of 2012 includes dates in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.
Devon Portielje: Lead vocals, guitars, drums
Conner Molander: Vocals, guitars, keys
Dylan Phillips: Vocals, drums, keys