Mumford And Sons Announce Hiatus

Last night Mumford And Sons completed the final performance of their long-running world tour efforts in support of Babel. The album, which opened atop Billboard with the biggest single week sales for an independent release in over a decade, has now been in stores for over a year, leaving many to wonder what the four piece alt-folk act have planned next. The answer: Nothing.

That’s right, folks. The group that made foot-stomping, gang vocal filled folk songs a global sensation in recent years is taking some time off for some much needed relaxation. Speaking with Rolling Stone for an exclusive interview, Mumford And Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett confirmed the band has no activities planned for the “foreseeable future,” adding, “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… 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.”

Mumford And Sons have toured and recorded relentlessly over the last few years, so it’s easy to understand why they would feel a little burnt out. It is a bit strange to see a group in their position walk away from what would undoubtedly be a guaranteed number one record if they hit the studio again, but that makes this decision all the more admirable in my mind. They know they’re not in the best place as people or musicians and want to get back to the basics to clear their heads. Hopefully fans will understand.

Rest easy, Mumford And Sons. The world will be okay while you’re away.

James Shotwell
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