Mumford & Sons: 'We would've laughed at the idea of a chart battle with Green Day in the '90s'

Londoners speak to NME as new album 'Babel' tops the midweek chart

Mumford & Sons: 'We would've laughed at the idea of a chart battle with Green Day in the '90s'

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Mumford and Sons look set to score their first UK number one this Sunday (September 30), with their second album 'Babel' storming the Official UK Album Charts.

'Babel' is on course to become one of the fastest selling albums of the year, fighting off stiff competition from The Killers and Green Day.

Speaking to NME about bagging the Number One slot, multi-instrumentalist Ted Dwane said: "Number Two was the best we got with 'Sigh No More' so it would be amazing. Obviously no-one's going to wish against a Number One record but I know Green Day and Muse have albums out and they’re pretty big hitters. If you told me in the '90s that I’d be in a chart battle with Green Day, I probably would have just laughed at you."

The band have sold nearly 90,000 copies of 'Babel' so far this week. The current Official Albums Chart Number One, The Killers' 'Battle Born', became the fastest-selling album of 2012 on Sunday after selling 94,000 copies across the whole week, so Mumford And Sons are well on course to beat this.

At their iTunes festival gig at London's Roundhouse earlier in the week, the band had hinted that they might not make another album. However, Dwane explained that they meant that there was no record deal to force them to make a third album:

"We don’t have a record deal - we make the albums ourselves and then license them to labels… If the songs are there, we’ll make a third record. If that’s in six months time, then it’ll happen in six months. But it could be six years or it could be never. We’re already excited about making another record but there’s no contractual obligation to say it will definitely happen."

Mumford And Sons have also announced a massive UK and Irish tour for November. Entitled The Tour Of Two Halves, it sees the band splitting their time on the excursion between theatres and arenas. Speaking about the concept behind the tour, Dwane revealed:

"There’s a constant battle that every band has when they start playing to bigger audiences. Everyone says the same negative things about going to gigs at arenas but the problem with underplaying is that it gets really exclusive. Then touts end up getting all the tickets and selling them for loads of money so the real fans don't get in."

"On this tour, we've got a string of dates in more regional places like Torquay and Carlisle, and they're in theatres. Then we’re doing the arenas… hopefully if you really don’t want to see us in an arena, you won’t have to travel too far but then if you miss out, there’s always the arena gigs."

Tickets for The Tour Of Two Halves go onsale on Friday (September 28). To check the availability of Mumford and Sons tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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