When Mumford & Sons settled on a band name back in 2007 it was done not with haste. Fast-forward eight years to 2015, and frontman Marcus Mumford expresses regret over including his surname in the band’s title.
The once banjo infused rock band have not only been doubting their moniker, but have gone so far as to ditched their signature banjo for their forthcoming third album Wilder Mind. They’ve even plugged in, replacing the sweet folk sound of the banjo with the electric guitar. The change was unintentional, according to Marcus;
“We didn’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s wear leather guys’. Over an eight-year period you behave differently. You go to different places, you probably have different friends. You wear different clothes. We didn’t hire a stylist and say, ‘Let’s rebrand ourselves.’”
The boys are reverting to the instruments that they grew up with, describing that as teenagers they played electric guitars and drums.
“So in that sense there is a reactionary thing, we were desperate to go back and play those instruments. But it was very much for our own sanity, before anyone else’s,” band member, Winston Marshal says.
The change in musical direction has obviously weighed on the band, leading Marcus to go as far as describing the use of his surname in the band’s title as a “ball-ache.”
“I definitely regret the band name. If I’d known it was going to go this way I would have wanted to call it anything other than my last name,” he says. “It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it but it’s a bit late now.”
If that’s not enough, the boys are also really annoyed with Tidal, catch what they had to say HERE.
The boys have released singles, Believe and Snake Eyes from their upcoming album Wilder Mind, out May 4.
To celebrate the release of Mumford & Sons latest album, The Newtown Hotel will be transformed into a ‘Wilder Mind’ Pop-Up Bar from 27 April to 10 May.