After resuming from a brief hiatus, Mumford and Sons are back in action and expected to tour throughout the rest of the year.
History of Mumford & Sons
Forming back in late 2007 with members Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane, Mumford and Sons are a British rock band based in London, England. All band members play an eclectic selection of instruments, including guitar, drums, keyboards, bass and folk instruments like the mandolin and banjo. The multi-instrumentality of the band lends to their unique sound, which is a credit to their popularity.
The band's name, interestingly enough, addresses the visibility of Marcus Mumford, in comparison to his band mates. In addition, the name itself is supposed to harken the feel of an 'antiquated family business name.'
The band's 2011 Grammy's performance with The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan helped launched the band's popularity in America, leading to the incredible momentum that pushed 2012's Babel to great heights.
Awards and Hits
Although a young band, Mumford and Sons have quickly amassed a memorable catalog of hits. Their studio albums, Sigh No More (2009) and Babel (2012), both achieved success on the charts. Sigh No More peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
Babel, taking off with the band's growing momentum, debuted at number one on both aforementioned charts. It also became the fastest selling album of 2012. The band also released two live albums: 2011's Live and Shepherd's Bush Empire and 2012's The Road to Red Rocks.
Mumford and Sons have also been nominated and won several awards. Babel alone received eight total Grammy nominations and ended up winning Album of the Year. They also won the Brit Award for Best British Group back in 2013.
Mumford and Sons returned to the music scene in January 2015, after taking a brief hiatus. Upon their return, they announced a headline performance at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music Festival. Along many other festival dates, the band announced their third album, Wilder Mind, for release this upcoming May. The first single, Believe, was released on March 9, while the second 'The Wolf' released one month later.