October 7, 2012 12:58

Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford: 'We want to start work on a new album quicker than last time'

Singer says band are eager to begin thinking about 'Babel' follow-up

Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford: 'We want to start work on a new album quicker than last time'

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Mumford and Sons frontman Marcus Mumford has revealed that the band are already eager to start work on the follow-up to their new album 'Babel'.

The band's second album has enjoyed tremendous chart success, giving them their first UK Number One LP before smashing the 2012 US album sales record by shifting 600,000 copies in its first week of release.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, however, Mumford said the band were keen to get back into the studio as soon as possible to begin thinking about their next album.

The band’s debut LP, 'Sigh No More', was released three years before 'Babel', leading Mumford to say:

We want to make one quicker than we did with this one. We want to get into the studio quicker and get another album out a bit sooner.


Referencing the gap between the first two albums, he said: "[The wait] was just because we were touring so we didn't have time. It wasn't like we were sunning ourselves. We've been playing music the whole time."

Yesterday (October 6), it was reported that Mumford And Sons had matched a record set by The Beatles by placing six songs concurrently in the Billboard Hot 100, the first band to do so since the Fab Four 48 years ago. All tracks are from their new album and include 'I Will Wait' (Number 57), 'Babel’ (60), 'Lover's Eyes' (85), 'Whispers In The Dark' (86), 'Holland Road' (92) and 'Ghosts That We Knew' (94).

Mumford And Sons have also just announced a second night at London's 02 Arena in December. The band's mammoth UK and Irish tour, which will see them play some of their biggest headline shows to date, has sold out but an extra date in London has been added for December 18.

Mumford and Sons will play:

Torquay Princess Theatre (November 21)
Portsmouth Guildhall (22)
Ipswich Regent Theatre (23)
Dundee Caird Hall (25)
Carlisle Sands Centre (26)
Llandudno Venue Cymru (27)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (December 4)
Glasgow SECC (5)
Birmingham LG Arena (7)
Manchester Arena (10)
London O2 Arena (11, 18)
Cardiff CIA (13)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (15)
Dublin O2 (16)


All November theatre shows are priced at £23.50. All December arena shows are priced at £29.50, except London at £32.50 or £29.50. 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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