Mumford & Sons have released a new song called “The Wolf,” the second track to be released from the band’s upcoming third album, Wilder Mind. Like the first single, “Believe,” the new track showcases a major shift away for the band from a folk sound to anthemic rock. Frontman Marcus Mumford told Billboard, “It’s not folk or folk-rock or anything-rock: It’s pure, ambitious, U2-scale rock and roll.”
Mumford added, “We’d been itching for a long time to do something different, and we picked the right time to do that. Well, maybe it was a bit late. Because we’d been a band almost as long as theBeatles, and this is only our third record, you know?”
“The Wolf” is a straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll song with no sign of a banjo but plenty of electric guitar.
Guitarist Winston Marshall said he’s worried about the state of rock music, explaining, “There’s a lot of rock out there. But it’s no longer — I don’t think it’s what our generation will be remembered for. I think it’ll be Kanye West and Rihanna. It just makes me a bit sad.”
But Mumford was quick to praise West, saying about the controversial rapper, “He’s the only rock star left. He gets up and just blows them all away. Says one word and the whole room just . . . that’s rock and roll, to me.”
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 trademark Gentlemen Of The Road two-day mini-fests.