I know, I write about a lot of bands and I often give credit where credit is due, even if I’m not the biggest fan. But, I really enjoy Mumford & Sons, a lot.I like that they participated in the first Railroad Revival Tour along with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. And I especially like that for their current tour they chose not to use the inflated ticketmaster or livenation and sold tickets directly off of their website. Hell, I even like their style. But, most importantly I like their music, it’s core has the feel of music from another time period and yet it sounds so fresh and new.
Fronted by Marcus Mumford’s excellent voice, the band consists of Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane and they are all mufti-instrumentalists alternating between playing guitar, drums, keyboards, bass as well as more rustic heartland instruments such as banjo, mandolin, and resonator guitar. Their debut album Sigh No More, released in 2009 was the result of years of playing together in smaller venues and was lead by the excellent single, “Little Lion Man”. The album flows so well, never having a dull moment and picking up the pace when it should. Songs like “Sigh No More”, “Roll Away Your Stone” and “White Blank Page” all tell stories so realistically vivid that you can feel the emotion of the narrator and even more so when the group vocal harmonies kick in. In “White Blank Page”, Mumford sings “But tell me now/Where was my fault/In loving you with my whole heart” and it is his vocal delivery that really brings that whole chorus home. Even the moody “Thistle & Weeds” still encapsulates me into the story, even if I’m not in a melancholy kind of music day. The line, “Spare me your judgements and spare me your dreams/Cause recently mine have been tearing my seams” greatly showcases the inner turmoil that we ourselves sometimes have to face on a personal level and then again when we encounter the outside world.
I love the honesty of Mumford & Sons, they don’t try to do anything to flashy or over the top and their modesty reflects the camaraderie of the band. In an age when so many bands are overproduced and heading into electronic territory, it’s good to see some roots laid down. They are set to release a new album titled Babel on September 24th of this year. Meanwhile check out their live album Deluxe Companion and be sure to catch them on tour by getting your seats right here.