Despite rumors to the contrary, Mumford and Sons’ hiatus is just that — a hiatus, not a breakup. Banjo player Winston Marshall caused a bit of a stir Wednesday with some comments he made at a party following a screening of The National’s documentary Mistaken for Strangers. “I wish I had something to say about Mumford & Sons. It was a good time,” Marshall told Vulture at the shindig. “It’s over.” When asked if it was really over, he added, “Yeah. We had a good time, though, you know. It was good.”
A publicist for the band has confirmed to Consequence of Sound that Marshall’s remarks were made in jest. Marshall’s not the only jokester in the group, as frontman Marcus Mumford told NME that he always answers “yes” when asked if the band has split. “Everyone keeps asking if we’ve broken up as a band, which I love,” he said, “so I keep saying ‘yes’, and then we can have a big comeback tour next year.”
Mumford and Sons went on hiatus late last year after touring behind their sophomore album, Babel. At the time, keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone, “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.”
At the Mistaken for Strangers event, Marshall also remarked that he’d effectively “killed” the banjo. “I think ‘killed’ is an understatement. We murdered it. We let it, yeah — fuck the banjo. I fucking hate the banjo.” No word yet on whether this, too, was a joke.
Below, watch the band’s hilarious video for “Hopeless Wanderer”.