Mumford and Sons have made some changes for their upcoming album, Wilder Mind, and they aren’t being shy about why. Guitarist/banjoist Winston Marshall told Consequence of Sound that yes, he really did hate the banjo for awhile, and now his bandmates have said their name and old style are bunk too.
“I definitely regret the band name,” frontman Marcus Mumford told NME. “If I’d known it was going to go this way, I would have wanted to call it anything other than my last name. It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it, but it’s a bit late now.”
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One thing it wasn’t too late to change, however, was their choice in clothing. “I think it would be fair to say that we’ve noticed that in some of our old photos we look like absolute idiots,” said keyboardist Ben Lovett. “There were so many car crashes. We look like us in our photos now. I don’t even want to describe how we used to look.”
Still, Mumford holds that the changes in both sound and style weren’t decisive actions as much as natural progressions. “We didn’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s wear leather guys.’ Over an eight-year period you behave differently,” he said, echoing statements he made in our recent feature on the band. “You go to different places, you probably have different friends. You wear different clothes. We didn’t hire a stylist and say, ‘Let’s rebrand ourselves.'”