(US) Of Monsters And Men have officially announced dates for their upcoming North American headline tour in support of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Beneath The Skin [Republic Records], out June 9.
This tour kicks off August 5th in Calgary, Alberta Canada and plays major markets across the continent and concludes October 17 in San Diego, CA at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. Fans can access a special pre-sale via the group’s official site tomorrow, Wednesday May 27, while the public on-sale begins June 5th. This adds to their already packed summer schedule with confirmed festival appearances including Sasquatch, Osheaga, Lollapolooza, Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Austin City Limits and more. Click here for the full itinerary.
Today the band released a new track “Hunger” off of the LP. The haunting tack premiered on Nylon.com is available today for instant download with purchase of Beneath The Skin. On “Hunger” Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir recalls: “The first idea for Hunger came on our last tour. I was always playing this one verse again and again on the bus, obsessing over it. Some songs kind of do that to you. So it was in the works for a long time before we actually started making a song out of it.” Those who pre-order the album will also receive instant downloads of “Crystals,” “I Of The Storm,” and “Empire.” Pre-order it here!
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In addition, as fans wait the arrival of Beneath The Skin, the multiplatinum Icelandic group have created a series of intimate behind-the-scene vignettes following the making of the record. A new clip will premiere each week leading up to the June 9th release. The exclusive series documents Beneath The Skin’s creation with up-close-and-personal documentary footage and dives into the stories behind the album’s lyrics, production, composition, and more. You can watch the first clip on Billboard.com.
Meanwhile, the music video for Beneath The Skin’s first single “Crystals” debuted last week with Entertainment Weekly raving “(The video) Led by Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir with gold-flaked eye shadow and metallic accents dripping from her lashes – overseeing her bandmates in an almost-Frankensteinian affair, the video is as captivating as its track.” You can watch it here!