Mumford & Sons: ‘Our new album isn’t doom-folk’

Band say previous comments were 'a joke' – and new LP will be 'evolution, not a revolution'

Mumford and Sons have laughed off suggestions that their new album will be “doom-folk”.

The band, who are currently working on the follow-up to their debut LP ‘Sigh No More’, previously suggested that their latest offering would sound like “Black Sabbath meets Nick Drake”. But speaking in this week’s issue of NME, singer Marcus Mumford said the comments had been a “joke”.

He said:

That was a joke to an American journalist who didn’t understand the concept of sarcasm. I called Ted [Dwane, double bassist] and was like, ‘Ted, what have you done? We spent our whole first album trying to avoid being pigeonholed!’


Mumford, who also said the band would be aiming for “evolution, not a revolution” on the new record, said the recording process had taken longer than they expected and he wasn’t sure if it would be released this year. “We don’t want to put that added pressure on ourselves,” he said. “Everyone’s just letting us get on with it. The only people that have heard it are [Markus] Dravs [producer], our manager and us. No-one else has been involved in the process – so it means that we might have completely fucked it up…!”

Earlier this month (March 18), Mumford and Sons played a number of songs which seem likely to make their second album, including live favourites ‘Lover’s Eyes’ and ‘Lover Of The Light’, final day of the music wing of SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Their new film Big Easy Express also received its world premiere the day before (March 17), during the film leg of the festival.

To read an exclusive interview with Mumford and Sons, in which they discuss playing a gig for Barack Obama, stealing souvenirs from the White House and meeting David Cameron, pick up the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.