Mumford And Sons
Words: Mischa Pearlman
Mumford And Sons
In a small park next to a church in the middle of London, the four members of Mumford And Sons sit at a picnic table, a couple of tramps on either side of them sleeping peacefully in the sun. Weatherbeaten from their River Rat Pack Tour – a string of free acoustic gigs by them and eight other bands, including Jay Jay Pistolet, Derek Meins and SixNationState – the four-piece are nonetheless in a jovial mood. As articulate and intelligent as their bluegrass-tinged, countrified songs, the band – Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar), Winston Marshall (banjo), Ben Lovett (keyboards, organ) and Ted Dwayne (double bass) – and their music seem to come from a distant, forgotten
“We all still play in other bands,” explains Marcus. “Which is really fun. Winston and Ben play for this girl called Alessi, who’s amazing. Not as well known as Laura, but of the same quality. And Ted and I play with Laura. I got into playing with her through Winston, when he was playing with her.”
Now, though, Mumford And Sons are a unit that’s beginning to take its own course. But they have no immediate plans to put an end to their collaborations. In fact, such a nurturing and communal outlook drives their creativity even further.
“Most of my inspiration,” says Marcus, “comes from seeing other bands that are around at the moment, and there are some amazing ones, especially in the music that I love. So I started taking songwriting seriously, because I’d seen other people do it so well, so I was like, ‘I want to get involved in that.”
“I don’t know,” adds Ted, “when music became such a competitive thing. Because it really is, but it should be a sharing, communal, fun thing.”
It’s their generous attitude that also makes Mumford And Sons one of the
“We know what we want to do,” says Winston. “We have ambition without having expectation. We don’t expect to make shitloads of records and for them to do well, but we have an ambition to release as much music as we can and for it to be of as high quality as possible.” Even the tramps would praise such modesty.
‘Lend Me Your Eyes’ is released on Chess Club on July 7th.