TIOJ Concert Correspondent Alix trekked up to Merriweather Post Pavilion last week to check out long time faves Oh Land and Of Monsters and Men -- read her recap below!!
I’ve seen Of Monsters and Men once before, so not gonna lie: I knew I was in for a great show. But before I get to the main attraction, there’s Oh Land, the opener. I wasn’t familiar with Oh Land before the show, and I ended up really enjoying her performance.
She has a powerful voice, which held its own with all the synthetic instruments she and her band played. My favorite song, though, was “Love You Better,” which feature vocals and guitar without all the other instrumental noise. Oh Land played a polished set (more polished than some openers tend to be -- they could headline their own tour!) and was a fun and lively opener.
Then there was Of Monsters and Men who were, simply, fantastic. The last time I saw them was in a pretty small space, but (not surprisingly), they can definitely rock a huge venue like Merriweather.
Their show was fun -- they’re laidback and relaxed onstage, while also delivering an upbeat and energetic performance with each song. They played a mix of music from their debut album, My Head is an Animal, and their new album, Beneath the Skin. The newest songs were in a similar style to their earlier music, with poetic lyrics and solid vocals that are complemented (and, amazingly, never upstaged) by the seemingly hundreds of instruments on stage. One of my favorite things about OMAM is this ability to include a lot of different sounds in their music (trumpet is one of the most noticeable -- the woman who plays trumpet got a huge cheer during a solo in “Little Talks”), but never overdoing it to the point where the vocals or flow of the song are lost.`
The newest songs were definitely not a disappointment, but the band got the crowd on our feet with fantastic renditions of old favorites; I most enjoyed “King and Lionheart” and “Dirty Paws.” No question, Of Monsters and Men can back up their great music with a fabulous live show.
Thank you to Alix for this rave review!! Up next: Krista checks out Neon Indian on 10/13!