The Fall's Mark E Smith calls Mumford & Sons a 'mongoloid Irish folk band'

The frontman also says he'd like his band's new album to come out in January

The Fall's Mark E Smith calls Mumford & Sons a 'mongoloid Irish folk band'

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Mark E Smith of The Fall has spoken out about his beef with Mumford and Sons.

The iconic frontman took against the band at a festival in Dublin two years ago after they started a backstage singalong.

Speaking to The List, Smith recalled the incident, saying:

I was talking to the promoter who's a mate of mine and said, 'look, don't take the piss. You've stuck us next to some mongoloid Irish folk band.' The promoter turns around and says, "they're number one in your English charts." I thought he was fucking joking. They started clopping about singing, sounded like they were dancing on the tables - so I told them to shut the fuck up.


Smith then spoke about The Fall's forthcoming new album, which he says he'd like to release in January of next year. He said:

"We've been in The Kinks' studio for a fortnight... The improvement in the group is marvellous - they're just tighter and better. We're actually just finishing off the next record. I haven't got a title for it yet but we are thinking about a January release."

He added that he’s seen more and more young people showing up at Fall shows of late, saying: "There are a lot of younger people in the audiences these days. You've got the old guard and the young guard, I think a lot of it has to do with computers and getting music that way."

He continued: "The crowds are great though. We went to Sweden - and they hate our fucking guts there - but even that was all right. I don't know though, it doesn't bother me at all who is there. I don't fucking care who comes."

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