Mumford & Sons intend to keep experimenting and changing their sound, according to an interview the band did with actor Jason Sudeikis. The new Mumford album, Wilder Mind, has divided some of the British group’s fans over its shift from acoustic-and-banjo-based songs to rock anthems utilizing electric guitars.
Frontman Marcus Mumford said, “I think we want to just keep trying different things, because if you just do the same thing again and again, it gets a bit boring. Amongst the four of us, and especially because we’re all songwriters and all play different instruments, we want to keep changing things up. So, it’s whether or not people come with us for that; but if they don’t, I think we’ll still do it.”
Mumford said in a recent call with reporters that the band had a very clear idea of what they wanted when they went in to record the follow-up to 2012’s multi-platinum Babel:
“The goal going into the record was really quite simple for us. It was just to make a record that we wanted to make, and that came from a natural place for us. Our aim was really just to kind of express ourselves through this collection of songs and to get the sound, you know, the way we wanted to, and in that way we succeeded.”
Wilder Mind came out in early May and earned Mumford & Sons the second Number One debut of the band’s career on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 249,000 copies in its first week of release to land at the top of the survey.
2012’s Babel moved 600,000 copies in its first week and went on to sell 2.7 million. The band’s 2010 debut, Sigh No More, has moved more than 3.2 million copies.
Wilder Mind’s first single “Believe,” recently reached Number One on the Modern Rock chart and still going strong in the Top 10.
Mumford & Sons kicked off on a North American tour last week that pulls into Mansfield, Massachusetts on Monday night (June 8th).