Folky blokes Mumford & Sons have wrapped up an enormous year and a bit of touring their second album Babel with the announcement of two little words that every die-hard fan fears – indefinite hiatus. Keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone this week that after the thirty or forty quiet-guitar-buildups-to-loud-stompy-banjoey-bits that made up a Kansas show on Friday that “there won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future”.
He went to on say that the band doesn’t know exactly how long they’ll be hanging up their waistcoats for, but “We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of . . . I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules.”
The band hasn’t really stopped since the release of their massive breakthrough hit Little Lion Man in 2009 – since then they’ve won Grammy awards, toured the world about a thousand times, headlined Glastonbury, played Splendour twice and married Carey Mulligan.
“We’re just going to rest up,” Lovett says. “I don’t think we’ve had actually much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band. I think that’s what’s in place at the moment, to do very little – especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons.”
This could be a perfect opportunity for Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte, recruited for the ‘Hopeless Wanderer’ video, to step up to the plate for a world tour while the real Sons are on holidays
Via Rolling Stone
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