Mumford & Sons talk Dire Straits, Led Zep, Fleetwood Mac influences on new album ‘Wilder Mind’

The band's third album is set for release on May 4

Mumford & Sons have spoken about their forthcoming third album, ‘Wilder Mind’, citing their ‘favourite bands’ Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac as influences.

As reported, Mumford & Sons release third album ‘Wilder Mind’ on May 4 and have confirmed that the record does not feature the banjo, an instrument they have become synonymous with since achieving huge success with their first two albums, 2009’s ‘Sigh No More’ and 2012’s ‘Babel’.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, frontman Marcus Mumford commented: “I think all our favorite bands have albums that are really urgent, but they have so much space in them… you listen to a Led Zeppelin album and suddenly you actually hear the space because it’s more defined by less of the noise going on. All our favorite bands, from Dire Straits and Fleetwood Mac to Radiohead, all go about it in interesting ways, and especially with a very lyrical band like ours, you have to be even more intentional about space.”

Speaking about their move away from acoustic instrumentation, he added: “It sounds kind of like a jolt or something, but for us it was just where we were headed. We were never too heavily wedded to a certain type of instrument. It was more like a certain type of songwriting, but even that has changed a bit.”

The LP is the band’s most collaborative to date, with all members of the band contributing lyrics and music. “We’ve always said that it’s a competition between songs rather than writers, so it’s like, whoever writes it, if it’s a good song, it’s in,” said Mumford. “And so the boys kept coming up with a bunch of amazing lyrics that I found really fun to sing, and that was quite a liberating experience too – really enjoying, relishing singing someone else’s lyrics.”

Mumford & Sons will play a second tiny headline show in London tonight (March 10). The band will play Oslo, in Hackney, for a second straight night. They played songs from the new album ‘Wilder Mind’ at the same venue last night.

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‘Wilder Mind’ 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 garage studios in Brooklyn, New York.

Ben Lovett of the group recently told NME that the band’s change in sound on their third album is a “natural departure”.