Song of the Day: Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men

“Dirty Paws” is a song written and recorded by Icelandic indie folk/indie pop band Of Monsters and Men for their debut studio album, My Head Is an Animal.

Lyrics:

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

So for a while things were cold,
They were scared down in their holes
The forest that once was green
Was colored 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

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. The song can be heard in the trailer for the 2013 Ben Stiller remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The song will be sent to U.S. contemporary hit radio on October 22, 2013.
Of Monsters and Men is a six piece indie folk/indie pop band from Reykjavík, Iceland. The group originated in 2009 when co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir decided to add co-singer/guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson and drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, to her solo project, Songbird. The four-piece entered the 2010 Músíktilraunir and ended up winning the Icelandic annual battle of the bands competition. Following their success at Músiktilraunir, the quartet added two more members, piano/accordion player Árni Guðjónsson, and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson and signed with Record Records in February 2011.

” Iceland has a long tradition of Nordic myths and folk tales, many involving spirits and animals transforming themselves into people. So, it’s not too surprising that a band like Of Monsters and Men would call their debut album, “My Head is an Animal,” and create a song like “Dirty Paws,” about an epic battle between the birds and the bees and a four-pawed beast that saves the day.
What’s impressive is that they pull it off in a way that appeals to fellow Icelanders and to an international audience. It’s quirky stuff with a campfire feel, but it also has an edge and an exuberant energy that recalls some of their favorite bands and singers from Mumford and Sons to Feist.
Where do their songs come from? “The wind whispers to us,” says Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, the co-lead singer and guitarist. “Iceland is a magical place and all that cold and rain keeps us indoors where we can write.” ”

by  PBS

Of Monsters and Men

Origin Keflavík/Garðabær, Iceland
Genres Indie pop, indie folk, indie rock
Years active 2010–present
Labels Record Records, Universal Republic,Republic
Website http://www.ofmonstersandmen.com
Members Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
Ragnar Þórhallsson
Brynjar Leifsson
Kristján Páll Kristjánsson
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson
Past members Árni Guðjónsson

image by  Evens Joseph

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