Jake Bugg: 'Mumford and Sons look like posh farmers with banjos'

Singer-songwriter expresses his feelings about class system in music industry

Jake Bugg: 'Mumford and Sons look like posh farmers with banjos'

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Jake Bugg has said that he thinks music is losing touch with its working class roots, accusing Mumford and Sons of looking like "posh farmers with banjos".

The singer-songwriter, who released his debut album in 2012 and has supported Noel Gallagher and The Stone Roses on tour, spoke about his working class background and how he fits into the music industry in a new interview with The Guardian. Discussing Mumford and Sons, Bugg said: "They just look like posh farmers with banjos to me, but I don't have anything against anyone's background."

He added: "It's a shame, because times are hard. My mum was a single mum on the dole … a couple of years ago I was trying to get enough together for a pack of fags. It's hard to rely on being a musician right now, but you have to do what it takes."

Elsewhere in the interview, Bugg was taken to task over his accusation that The X Factor is "shit" while at the same time using co-writers for his own material. Brushing off accusations of being manufactured, Bugg stated: "Sometimes Lennon needed McCartney and sometimes Simon needed Garfunkel. You'd go mad doing everything on your own."

Bugg's quotes echo similar sentiments made by Liam Gallagher about the Grammy Award nominated Mumford and Sons last year. The Beady Eye frontman said the band "look like they've got fucking nits".

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