Mumford & Sons: 'We need to challenge ourselves so we don't fall into a rut'

Multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett proposes 'desert blues-metal' sound for next LP...

Mumford & Sons: 'We need to challenge ourselves so we don't fall into a rut'

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Mumford and Sons have admitted they "need to challenge" themselves in the future so they don't fall into a musical rut.

Speaking to the Independent, multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett insisted that he and his bandmates were eager to keep changing their formula and joked that their next album should sound like "desert blues-metal" in order to avoid becoming stagnant.

With their long-awaited second studio album 'Babel' set for release on Monday (September 24), Lovett said of their future plans:

I just want us to be better. We need to challenge ourselves a bit. Not find ourselves in a rut musically. That’s when bands die on their feet… Maybe we should do some desert blues-metal next time. Why not?


Guitarist Winston Marshall, meanwhile, admitted that the band weren’t particularly fond of the debauched rock'n'roll lifestyle enjoyed by their forbearers. Speaking of this, he said: "I don't understand how those old bands did it. We worked out early on that if we did three gigs in a row and went out afterwards, we'd lose our voices. We know our limits."

Yesterday (September 21), Lovett spoke out against anyone who is cynical about 'Babel' ahead of its release, stating: "The cynics can just all fuck off. We think this new record will attract a different audience, which is really exciting. And broaden people's view of us." Singer Marcus Mumford, meanwhile, said that he believed 'Babel' was "a mixture" compared to their hugely successful debut 'Sigh No More' and he saw it more as "an advert for their live shows".

'Babel' has been produced by Arcade Fire/Coldplay collaborator Markus Dravs, who also worked with the band on their first album. Mumford And Sons headline the iTunes Festival at London's Roundhouse on September 24.

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