Mumford & Sons played a surprise gig on Tuesday night (March 31st) at the Roxy nightclub in Los Angeles, where the band’s set consisted exclusively of material from its upcoming new albumWilder Mind. According to Billboard, the set reflected what the band has been saying in recent interviews and what they’ve offered so far in the first single, “Believe,” replacing their earlier folk-inspired sound with something bigger, more anthemic and more rock-influenced.
Billboard reported, “Some of those expecting the . . . banjos and bodhrans (an Irish folk drum) and foot stomping acoustic rhythms may have felt disappointed by last night’s radically different song approaches; but those who also enjoy epic soaring rock and swirling soundscapes a la early-Radiohead or Coldplay were surely entranced by the band’s impressive new direction.”
Wilder Mind is due out on May 4th and follows up Mumford’s multi-platinum 2012 second effort, Babel.
Tour dates in support of the disc begin on June 5th in New Jersey and will be part of the band’s trademarked Gentlemen Of The Road two-day mini-fests.