Mumford & Sons on ‘Babel’: ‘The cynics can all fuck off’

Band also call their second LP 'an advert for their live shows'

Mumford & Sons have spoken about their new album ‘Babel’ and have said that anyone who is cynical about it “can fuck off”.

The folk band will release their long-awaited second album on Monday (September 24) and have told The Sun that they believe it will “broaden people’s view of them”.

Asked if he was worried by criticism, multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett replied: “The cynics can just all fuck off. We think this new record will attract a different audience, which is really exciting. And broaden people’s view of us.”

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Singer Marcus Mumford also said that he believed ‘Babel’ was “a mixture” compared to their hugely successful debut ‘Sigh No More’ and he saw it more as “an advert for their live shows”.

He said of this: “We wanted our second album to be an advert for our live shows. That’s why it’s more of a mixture than the first record. I’ll tour until I’m dead as that’s where we are most at home. And I hope that’s come across on ‘Babel’.”

String bassist and guitarist Ted Dwayne also admitted that they’d found the recording “hard” and that to have the record finally coming out was a “relief”. He added: I’d be lying if I said we didn’t find it hard. That’s why it’s a relief to know it’s finished, ready to go and we can concentrate on playing live again.”

‘Babel’ has been produced by Arcade Fire/Coldplay collaborator Markus Dravs, who also worked with the band on their first album. Mumford & Sons headline the iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse on September 24.
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