February 18, 2014 19:28

Marcus Mumford says he answers 'yes' when asked if Mumford & Sons have split

He joked that he's been doing so in order for the band to have a 'big comeback tour' in 2015

Marcus Mumford says he answers 'yes' when asked if Mumford & Sons have split

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Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford has joked that he says 'yes' when people ask if the band have split, so they "can have a big comeback tour next year!"

Last September the band announced plans to take "a considerable amount of time off" following the end of the promotional tour for their second album 'Babel', with keyboardist Ben Lovett saying: "We just know we're going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that."

Over the weekend (February 16) Marcus co-hosted the Communion show on XFM, during which he spoke about what the band members have been up to since finishing their run of live shows. "Its been quite nice just to have a few months to chill out," he commented. "Everyone keeps asking if we've broken up as a band, which I love, so I keep saying 'yes', and then we can have a big comeback tour next year!"

He also spoke about the band's banjo player, Winston Marshall, and the "rubbish" supergroup he formed last year in Nashville, with members of The Vaccines, JEFF the Brotherhood, Apache Relay and Old Crow Medicine Show, called Salvador Dali Parton.

"Winston went to Nashville and set up a band, played six gigs, recorded a live show and then they broke up, citing artistic differences at the end of the night, after playing six gigs in one night," said Marcus. "Apparently they were rubbish, apparently they were genuinely rubbish. But they're really proud of it, because they love that kind of thing."

Mumford & Sons released their debut album 'Sigh No More' in 2009 and followed it with 2012's 'Babel', which debuted at Number One on the UK's Official Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. The band toured extensively in support of both albums and delivered headline sets at Glastonbury and T In The Park last year.

Explaining how the band members intend to spend their break from Mumfords activities, Lovett also said: "We're just going to rest up. I don't think we've had actually much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band. I think that's what's in place at the moment, to do very little - especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons."

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