Mumford and Sons: 'We don't want to be as big as Oasis'

Band say they dream of a life in the countryside as 'Babel' storms the album charts

Mumford and Sons: 'We don't want to be as big as Oasis'

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Mumford and Sons have said they don't want to be as big as Oasis.

The band, who stormed straight into the Number One slot in this week's Official UK Album Chart with their second album 'Babel', its sales of 159,000 copies last week making it 2012's fastest-selling album, according to the Official Charts Company.

Speaking to NME about the band's increasing stature, multi-instrumentalist Ted Dwane said: "We don't want to be as big as Oasis! I think we’re bigger than we ever wanted to be. I don’t think we want to get any bigger now."

Mumford and Sons have also just announced a mammoth UK and Irish tour, which will see them play some of their biggest headline shows to date, including London's O2 Arena.

Speaking about their growing gig schedule, Dwane said: "We want to deserve the place that we've got to and be good to the people who've been good to us. We're interested in travelling and sharing the music with as many people as possible - there are some places where 'Sigh No More' has done quite well that we haven’t actually been yet, like Japan - but I couldn't imagine it getting any bigger really. Then again, I said that after we sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire so who knows."

Dwane also revealed the band have little interest in living a celebrity lifestyle, preferring the calm of the country to A-list parties. He explained: "Pretty much all of our dreams sit around the countryside and having a small little bit of land to do something with. I think when that desire takes over our desires to travel and play gigs, that's probably where we'll end up. [Celebrity] holds no interest for us."

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