Not content with sounding like a blockbuster we'd queue to see, Of Monsters And Men spent the year accruing what we think is still known in the music game as "mad props", earning an ever-swelling fan base and influential admirers on both sides of the Atlantic. Well, all three sides, if you include their home isle of Iceland. Those admirers included Ben Stiller, who used their track 'Dirty Paws' to lend swells of uplift to The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty's trailer, and Lionsgate which commissioned them to write the equally anthemic closer 'Silhouettes' for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We phoned lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir to talk about the year Monsters hit the big screen.
Congratulations on young Unsung Hero status. Will you be watching The Secret Of Life Of Walter Mitty over Christmas?
I hope so! I saw the trailer when I went to watch The Hunger Games and I thought, "Ooooh, nice."
What's been the impact of being involved in these two big Hollywood movies?
Well, I'm a big movie fan and it's really cool to have your music be part of a movie because it lasts forever.
What was your brief for writing 'Silhouettes' for the end of Catching Fire?
Well, they didn't tell us what it needed to be, so we wrote a song from our own experiences of being on the road and it just seemed to fit the atmosphere of the movie pretty well.
A behind-the-scenes look at making 'Silhouettes'
Which band members would survive longest in the Hunger Games arena?
Oh my god, that's a hard question. Would we be battling each other? I wouldn't want to be killing any of the other guys. I'd hide in a tree and wittle a branch into a spear and run people through with it.
What did you know about Walter Mitty beforehand?
Honestly, not very much. I just knew that they were shooting it in Iceland and there are Icelandic actors in the movies. We get really excited about that.
Iceland has become almost Hollywood's home from home. Is that strange?
|We met Matt Damon and he said he had our album, which was cool. What did I say to him? I think it was something like, "Oh my god, I love you"|
Yeah, it is because you can see places they use over and over. It'll be like, "Hey, I know that waterfall!"
Before the band, you used to work in a video shop, didn't you?
Yes, like Quentin Tarantino! (laugh) It was called Video Palace. This is going to sound really bad, but I just liked doing nothing and just chatting to people about movies. It was great. People would try to rent something awful and I'd say, "No, no! You should not watch this." That was a bad habit.
What's the Of Monsters And Men tour bus movie?
Titanic, probably. Some people hadn't seen it so it was like, "...What?! How have you not seen it?" so we've watched that a lot. I also tried to get everyone to watch The Shining but people didn't see that on the bus. No horror. We've watched Spinal Tap a few times, too.
Ben Stiller is obviously a big fan of the band. Have you met any other famous fans this year?
We met Matt Damon and he said he had our album, which was cool. What did I say to him? I think it was something like, "Oh my god, I love you" and "I probably have a lot of your movies." (Laughs)
Mumford And Sons had Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms and Jason Bateman in their video this year. Who would be in your dream video?
Oh my god, Jack Nicholson would have to be in it. In fact, he could join the band if he wants to - he could play the tambourine or something. And Leonardo DiCaprio, because he's always great. The two of them could have a death match, although obviously neither of them could die so something would have to happen to keep them alive. Oops, that's a spoiler!
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty trailer featuring Of Monsters And Men's 'Dirty Paws'