Mumford & Sons plan to finish new album before end of the year

Band want to road-test songs before heading into studio

Mumford & Sons plan to finish new album before end of the year

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Mumford and Sons have announced plans to record their second album before the end of the year.

The band told Rolling Stone they have already written six tracks in Louisiana and are planning to road test the material before hitting the studio with Markus Dravs, who produced their 2009 debut 'Sigh No More'.

Keyboardist Ben Lovett commented: "We want to get the second album recorded this year, and we’re hoping to have gigged the record in before going to the studio."

'Lover Of The Light', which the band have been playing live on recent tours, "should go all the way through to the next record", he said.

"Ultimately we’re trying to write better and better songs, and songs that are truer to ourselves. And if we end up writing 10 to 15 songs better than that one, it will just have to sit on the B-side of the tape somewhere," Lovett added.

The band have previously told NME that they plan to "tear everything down" that they achieved with 'Sigh No More' and have also predicted they could face a backlash over their success.

Mumford And Sons are set to tour the US on a train next month, stopping to play six gigs in California, Texas and Louisiana.

The Railroad Revival Tour, which will see the band eat sleep and record music on the train, will be filmed for a documentary.

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