NME first met up with the band backstage at Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall for their first gig in the city. “It got more debauched than I was planning it to be”, keyboard player Ben Lovett told NME about the band’s first night in Amsterdam.
It’s been exactly one year since the release of the band’s platinum-selling debut album ‘Sigh No More’, and they’re currently midway through their final UK tour supporting the album. They’ll be in London for two sold-out shows at the Hammersmith Apollo this Friday (October 8) and Saturday (October 9).
Mumford & Sons perform in Amsterdam. Bassist Ted Dwayne told NME, “I’m nervous that people think too much of us… I’m worried their expectations are too high.”
When the band’s first single ‘Sigh No More’ entered the UK charts at Number 11 in October 2009, they celebrated with a barn dance on the outskirts of London. Watch an on-the-road documentary on the band.
The band first appeared on the cover of NME in March 2010. At the time, the told the mag they “really can’t believe we’re changing people’s lives in any way.”
After their August 2010 appearance at Reading Festival, keyboard player Ben Lovett accidentally impaled his foot on a nail as he walked offstage. He was forced to spend the rest of the night in A&E.
Marcus Mumford told NME, “I’m not very good at being objective about why people like our music. I don’t really want to know, to be honest. All I know is that if people are listening to our album in Belgium, let’s fucking go and play Belgium. If people aren’t listening to our album in Spain…let’s go and play in Spain!”
‘Sigh No More’ reached Number 16 in the US Billboard 200 in September 2010. The band’s two-week US tour (which begins in November) is completely sold out.
Following the tour, Mumford & Sons plan to reconvene in February of next year to record their second studio album.
In Cologne, the band showcased their less-than-perfect German skills. Winston Marshall mistakenly described the band’s cellist Will as “wunderbra”. Marcus attempted to apologise for him, but didn’t know the word for “sorry”.
At their Cologne show, the band showcased four new songs. “We don’t have to play another new one”, Marcus told the crowd, before playing one last new track. “We can play an old one if you prefer. Raise your hand if you want to hear an older one.”
“I’m sure people will start disliking us more publicly,” says Marcus, “because our music is becoming more public and not everyone is gonna like it. We’re not going to change what we do to make people like us, but at the same time, we’re not the types who can say ‘Fuck you! We’re gonna do what we do!’. We’re more like ‘Please like us! If you don’t, that’s OK, but just be quiet about it!'”
Marcus told NME: “You can create these songs in your most private moments, naked on your bedroom floor with a guitar…you play them onstage to massive crowds of people! Songwriting is so fucking weird, man.”
Click here to watch a video interview with the band, as they discuss their plans for their soon-to-be recorded second studio album.
Mumford & Sons onstage in Cologne with support band Old Crow Medicine Show.
Winston Marshall told NME of bandmate Ted Dwayne, “Ted is a man of simple tastes. He likes eating, sleeping and fucking. On tour, it’s just eating and sleeping.”
Cologne- with support band Old Crow Medicine Show
After their gig in Cologne, the band congregated on the fire escape for post-show beers and cigarettes, before heading to the bus to travel to Berlin for their next show.
The Cologne show had an attendance of over 4,000 fans.
Be sure to grab a copy of this week’s NME to read more about cover stars Mumford & Sons. With more pictures, quotes and stories, it’s a must-read for any Mumford & Sons fan.