If you haven’t heard of Mumford and Sons, it’s time to give them a listen. The British band just won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The album, “Babel” is the second released by the indie folk band.
Though they haven’t yet played in Singapore, they’ve been touring the world since the release of their debut album “Sigh No More” in 2009. Back in 2010, they were playing small and modest venues, but in 2012 and 2013 they’ve been playing sold-out shows at massive arenas and amphitheaters around the world. They’ve added concert dates and released extra seats and still fans can’t get enough.
For the Love of the Band
It was an unexpected formula for success. The indie folk and bluegrass scene isn’t known for skyrocketing bands to success. The band isn’t in it for the glory, though, they love the music — and each other. In a 2010 interview with National Public Radio, front man Marcus Mumford explained how they create music together.
Unlike most big pop acts with musical directors, he says, they simply work together instinctively to make music. It works “because we’re mates, because we love each other,” he says. One band member will bring an idea for a song and the others will contribute ideas. Even when it comes to creating vocal harmonies, the process is organic.
Mumford says, “there’s never really that much of a discussion that goes on. We just sit down, and everyone just starts singing.”
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This sense of collaboration and joint ownership is really apparent when the band performs live. They can all put their hearts into it equally.
The band has a good sense of humor and humility about their success. They aren’t above taking funny pictures with their Grammy statue. They don’t seem to mind the good-natured jokes, such as those from TheOnion.com about winning the Grammy for Vest of the Year, or the one about everyone in the band (unintentionally) getting each other mandolins for Christmas.
Fans Just Can’t Get Enough
Though they’ve only released two albums, “Sigh No More” and “Babel,” the band has five albums available for purchase. Both albums have deluxe versions with additional tracks and a live album called “The Road to Red Rocks” was released in 2013. The performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado is also the subject of a DVD about the band which includes interviews and tour footage as well as live performances of 12 of the band’s most popular songs.
They might not be the typical flashy pop act, but their music is heartfelt and their live performances are compelling and energetic. So, if you haven’t yet, give them a listen and see for yourself.
Here’s the preview for the DVD, which gives you a quick glimpse of the personalities and style of the band:
And, here is the song that put them on the map, “Little Lion Man.”
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