Mumford & Sons say Kanye West is ‘the only rock star left’

'He's everything he claims to be. Maybe not God, but he really is incredible,' the band say

Mumford and Sons have spoken of their love for Kanye West, labelling him as “the only rock star left”.

Speaking in the new issue of Billboard, the band discussed the sonic shift on their banjo-free new album ‘Wilder Mind’ and the relative decline of rock music in recent years.

“There will always be a fucking huge rock band. There’s a lot of rock out there,” guitarist Winston Marshall is quoted as saying. “[But] I don’t think it’s what our generation will be remembered for. I think it’ll be Kanye West and Rihanna.” Frontman Marcus Mumford added that while he isn’t a fan of Rihanna, he does rate West: “I think Kanye is sick. He’s the only rock star left.”

The pair also revealed that they attended the rapper’s “mindblowing” recent gig at London’s Koko, which also featured performances from grime MCs Skepta, Novelist and JME. “It was fucking amazing,” Mumford said of the intimate show. “There were a bunch of cool London grime MCs doing stuff. But then he gets up and just blows them all away. Says one word and the whole room just…that’s rock’n’roll, to me.”

“He’s everything he claims to be. Maybe not God, but… he really is incredible,” Marshall continued.

The group’s third album, ‘Wilder Mind’, comes out on May 4, following on from 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’ and 2012’s ‘Babel’. It was recorded at Air Studios, London and produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Haim, Florence + The Machine). A number of the new songs were written at Aaron Dessner of The National’s studios in Brooklyn, New York.

Ben Lovett recently told NME that the band’s change in sound is a “natural departure”. The band have already shared the single ‘Believe’ and played the album in full at intimate fan-club shows in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, Toronto and New York over the past month.