"Of Monsters and Men" Dirty Paws LIVE

“After every sunny day, comes a stormy night”

The group of self-described “day dreamers who craft folkie pop songs”. Their song "Dirty Paws", from which the title of the album originated, was featured in a trailer for the 2013 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the iPhone 5 introduction video released in September 2012. "Dirty Paws" is a song written and recorded by Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men for their debut studio album, My Head Is an Animal. It is the opening track and the title of the album comes from a line in the song, and was released as its second single in April 2012 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe.

It was featured in the trailer and soundtrack to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Of Monsters and Men is a five-member, English-language, indie folk-pop band from Reykjavík,[5] Iceland, formed in 2010. The members are lead singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, co-singer-guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. The band won the Músíktilraunir in 2010, an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland. In 2011, Of Monsters and Men released an EP titled Into the Woods. The band's 2011 debut album My Head Is an Animal, reached the No.1 position in Australia, Iceland, Ireland and the U.S. Rock and Alternative Charts, while peaking at No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, No. 3 in the UK, and Top 20 of most European charts and Canada. Its lead single "Little Talks" was an international success, reaching the Top 10 in most music charts in Europe, including No. 1 in Ireland and Iceland, and No. 1 on U.S. Alternative Songs.

“After every sunny day, comes a stormy night” 

  • Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
  • Ragnar Þórhallsson
  • Brynjar Leifsson
  • Kristján Páll Kristjánsson
  • Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson
  • Past members: Árni Guðjónsson

Background information
Origin Garður/Keflavík/Garðabær, Iceland
Genres Indie folk, Indie pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Record Records, Universal Republic, Republic


from My Head Is an Animal
by Of Monsters and Men

Jumping up and down the floor, my head is an animal
And once there was an animal, it had a son that mowed the lawn
The son was an ok guy
They had a pet dragonfly
The dragonfly, it ran away
But it came back with a story to say...

Her dirty paws and furry coat, she ran down the forest slope
The forest of talking trees, they used to sing about the birds and the bees
The bees had declared a war - the sky wasn't big enough for them all
The birds, they got help from below
From dirty paws and the creatures of snow

And for a while things were cold, they were scared down in their holes
The forest that once was green was coloured black by those killing machines
But she and her furry friends took down the queen bee and her men
And that's how the story goes, the story of the beast with those four dirty paws

Single by Of Monsters and Men
from the album My Head Is an Animal
Released     12 April 2012
Recorded     2011–12
Genre         Indie folk indie pop
Length     4:26
Label     Universal
Writer(s)       Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir Stephen Mann Ragnar Þórhallsson
Producer(s)       Of Monsters and Men Aron Arnarsson


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