After winning the nationwide 2010 battle-of-the-bands competition Musiktilraunir
in their native Iceland, five-piece chamber pop group Of Monsters and Men
were hailed as "the new Arcade Fire
" in Rolling Stone
magazine. In the beginning of 2012, a four-song EP titled Into the Woods was issued on the Universal Music Group
as a preview to their full-length debut, My Head Is an Animal, which was released in the States that spring.