Mumford & Sons, the band that has recently brought folk music to the masses is not going EDM any time soon. But when frontman Marcus Mumford spoke to Style Magazine, he explained, “We’ve always done what feels good, rather than what we’ve thought long and hard about, and we’ll do whatever feels soulful next, whether that’s with an electric guitar or a synthesizer.”
Not wanting to be pigeon-holed, co-singer and keyboardist Ben Lovett added, “We’re not going to be the band that stands for folk music or organic music.”
With Babel still raking in sales during the holidays, the band has opted to keep relatively quiet about a Babel follow-up, although banjo player Winston Marshall did tell NME, “We’ve just started working on new songs, got a rehearsal studio. They’re bones of songs, but really exciting bones. Sturdy bones.”
Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons hit the tech news when Wired was baffled by the discovery of a “no-lending” policy printed on copies of Babel. The printed warning label reads: “All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.” The word that received attention was “lending.” The magazine called upon a copyright attorney who concluded that the claim was likely invalid. And, running contrary to the policy, Glassnote Records owner Daniel Glass told MTV, “fans really do come first and word of mouth is important.”
So, what’s the deal? Did someone in the label printing department go rogue? Or maybe an attorney got a tad aggressive? The story is unfolding. In the meantime, lend away! It’s not like you follow the rules anyway.
— Jay Tilles, CBS Local