Their frontman is dating Laura Marling, they’ve toured in the US with Johnny Flynn, and Zane Lowe loves them. But just what is all this fuss over Mumford & Sons? Read on to find out…
Mumford & Sons formed in December 2007, when Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane came together in West London and began to play music together. Their style – a blend of folk, bluegrass and country – developed as they played a series of underground folk nights in the British capital, performing unrehearsed renditions of Marcus’s first few self-penned songs to crowds of sweaty friends.
“It was a very exciting time,” says frontman Marcus. “We loved it and were in awe of the music going on around us, but we didn’t consider ourselves contenders in the pretty daunting London music scene. There was never any idea of competition, just pure enjoyment.”
They set off on tour as soon as they had a rough set of songs to play, quickly capturing new fans and creating a buzz around their name, style and attitude. 2008 saw the boys tour around the UK and play a festival set at Glastonbury, as well as selling out London’s brilliant Luminaire venue just half a year after forming. Following this, they embarked on a tour of the United States in support of their friends Laura Marling and Johnny Flynn, and have since toured the UK again in support of The Maccabees, a band the boys have said that they very much admire.
‘Sigh No More’, the debut album from Mumford & Sons released through Gentleman Of The Road / Island Records is released on 5th October. The first single from the album, ‘Little Lion Man’, will be released the week before on 28th September. Mumford & Sons have an epic and well-deserved reputation for their amazing live performances and soulful, engaging musical style, and with a full UK tour set for the autumn, it’s difficult to believe this band will be anything but the next big thing.