Mumford and Sons formed in 2007 and feature band members Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. Each member of Mumford and Sons can play a variety of different instruments. Together they can play guitar, drums, keyboard, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin and the resonator guitar.
Mumford and Sons are often compared to other folk singers and bands including Noah and the Whale, Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling, but none of these other musical artists have obtained the level of notoriety and popularity that Mumford and Sons has achieved.
Little Lion Man
During 2008 and 2009, Mumford and Sons played relatively small venues until they were signed by Island Records in the UK and Glassnote Records in North America. It was their honest approach to music that got them attention with record executives and their first single “Little Lion Man” was released in October of 2009. Mumford and Sons performed for the first time on US television in 2010 on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Little Lion Man topped the Triple J Hottest list for 2009 and the band started winning international awards. The singles off the album “Sigh No More” only continued to grow in popularity and the album actually topped the charts in 2011 as a result.
Babel was a much anticipated album due to the success that Mumford and Sons achieved from “Sigh No More.” This second album definitely did not disappoint debuting at #1 on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 100. It was actually the fastest selling album in all of 2012.
Hiatus and 2015 Return
After the success of the second album, Mumford and Sons decided to take some much needed time off. They stepped away from the limelight and decided to continue to reinvent their sound. They are a band that has always been known to create genuine music that pushes the boundaries. Their third studio album “Wilder Mind” has a more electric sound, but has already begun to receive rave reviews.