Mumford & Sons: ‘Our friends said our new song wasn’t good enough, that’s what they’re for’

Band discuss the making of their track 'The Wolf' with NME

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Mumford and Sons has discussed the making of ‘The Wolf’, the second single from their recent third album.

The British band released ‘Wilder Mind’ in May, topping both the UK and US Album Charts. Recorded with The National‘s Aaron Dessner, the record saw a departure from the band’s signature acoustic sound, with their use of banjos replaced with more electric guitar.

Speaking to NME in a video interview about penning standout track ‘The Wolf’, keyboardist Ben Lovett said the band realised the song “had a little bit more grit than anything we’d released previously” and that it “definitely helped us to identify the album we were making”.

Bassist Ted Dwane agreed that the song helped shape the entire album, adding: “There’s a point with every record we’ve made that the album starts to assert its identity and I think that’s kind of what happened with ‘The Wolf’.”

He added: “We recognised that this is going to be a rockier album, this is what’s exciting us, this is the sort of music we want to be making”.

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Frontman Marcus Mumford told NME how he played the song to a friend at six o’clock in the morning, receiving some honest criticism in return.

“He was like ‘It’s not good enough, you’ve got to have a bridge. Write a bridge’. So we wrote a bridge and it actually made the song better, that’s what friends are for isn’t it?”

Watch the video interview in full above and listen to the track below.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Marcus Mumford has been making hip-hop music with producer 88-Keys.

The producer told NME: “I got an email from a really good friend of mine called Izzy [Izvor Zivkovic], who also manages my best friend Kanye West. He told me Marcus [Mumford] is part of the band Mumford & Sons. I’ve always seen their name around but I’ve never actually listened to any of their music, only because I’m really tuned out of pretty much anything current, music wise.”

He continued: “I met up with [Mumford], he came over to my studio… We started kicking around ideas of us joining forces, if you will… I can tell you what it’s going to sound like, it’s going to sound dope as fuck… It’s going to be he and I involved in it… He obviously brings a lot to the table as well. The masses obviously love what he does. Not to sound cliché but I would say that the possibilities are endless.”