Iceland's Of Monsters and Men has a habit of facing big crowds in Boston.
"Our first big show in this country was at the House of Blues," says Of Monsters and Men's Ragnar Thorhallsson of the Lansdowne Street concert hall. And that was about a year ago, when songs from the folk-pop troupe's "My Head is an Animal" were just catching on in this country.
After a whirlwind year that included appearances at last year's Newport Folk Festival and this season's "Saturday Night Live," Of Monsters and Men found itself at a sold-out Boston Calling Festival on Sunday.
"We have to play the more upbeat songs," Thorhallsson says of going from clubs to fests. "The album has some big (sounding) songs, even though they were written on acoustic guitar."
His singing partner Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir adds that it was an adjustment for her to learn how to connect with tens of thousands of people rather than with a more intimate
"You have to learn to reach out," she says.
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