Marcus & Winston from Mumford and Sons talk with Kyle Meredith about their new directions with their 3rd album, Wilder Mind, writing from a broken heart, and the affects of The Basement Tapes’ success, all set to the bands own soundtrack.
“I just started writing songs in the beginning of last year,” says Marcus. “I went to see a gig when I was at university in Edinburgh. It was Charlie [Fink] from Noah and the Whale, a guy called King Charles, and Winston was playing with a band called Captain Kick and The Cowboy Ramblers. I was really getting into bluegrass at the time, and when I saw those guys, I got really inspired and started writing.”
After relocating to London, Marcus hooked up with the rest of the band members while they were all playing with various singer/songwriters at a folk venue on Kings Road called Bosun’s Locker. “When we started, we just rehearsed on the curb outside the venue or at the soundcheck on stage,” laughs Marcus. “We never really had established parts. I just had a song and everyone kind of played along. Like a hoedown. It all came out of playing live that we even formed the band, because I was playing songs in London and various guys would just come and sit in—like the fiddler from Noah and the Whale would come and play one night, then Charlie [Fink] would play with me sometimes, and Laura [Marling] would sing. Eventually, Ted, Ben, and Winston stuck. It wasn’t until we started writing songs together that we realized this was an actual band and not just a singer/songwriter with a couple of mates.”
i hate it when people act surprised that rappers are intelligent. marcus mumford uses the same 3 ideas in all of his songs and looks like he reeks of cheese but no one is like “wow what an articulate mumford and sons interview” they just assume he has a working brain. eff off
The first album sort of established us in a certain way with a certain sound, although I think that sound was probably more varied than the singles represented. The songs known by people who haven’t seen us live are more banjo-heavy songs, where actually in a set we have songs on both albums that have the same setup that we have on ‘Wilder Mind’ – they just didn’t get as much attention.
Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, on how the “new sound” on Wilder Mind isn’t actually as new as some may think.
Marcus Mumford and Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons stopped by The Kevin & Bean Show at KROQ on March 31, 2015 to talk about their forthcoming album, Wilder Mind. In this 20-minute interview, they cover everything from details about their first appearance at The Roxy in Los Angeles to the natural progression of the band’s instrumentation–AKA, what happened to the banjo??