Mumford & Sons: England 'cynical' about success

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 November 2012
Mumford and Sons

Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons believe Britons are "cynical" about their huge success both in their home country and the US

Mumford & Sons believe Britons are "cynical" about their success.

The tedious folk-rock band stormed the US charts earlier this year with their second album 'Babel', but continue to receive criticism in their home country, Britain.

Ignorantly confusing England with Britain, band member Winston Marshall, 24, told the Guardian newspaper: "England's just very cynical. Like I am. Like we all are. I think we're all guilty of it as British citizens; if something gets big we go, 'Ugh'."

He continued: "We get accused of inauthenticity because we play the instruments we play."

Band leader Marcus Mumford, 25, added: "The authenticity thing has never been an issue for me. Not since I came to the realisation that Bob Dylan, who's probably my favourite artist ever, the richest artist for me, didn't give a s**t about authenticity.

"He changed his name and he lied to everyone about who he was."

The group - also including Ben Lovett and Ted Dwayne - deny being a Christian band, saying they are often mistaken for one due to their lyrical content and because Marcus's parents founded the UK arm of evangelical organisation, Vineyard Church.

Winston said: "We're not all Christian, so we can't be a Christian band."

Ted, 28, added: "We're not all religious. In fact none of us are, really. We have a full spectrum of beliefs."

Mumford & Sons

London indie folk troupe follow up albums Sigh No More and Babel with arena friendly Wilder Mind.

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Sat 1 Dec

£42.45–£136.15 / 0844 248 1585

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Fri 23 Nov

£42.45–£136.15 / 0844 338 8000

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Sun 2 Dec

£37.50–£361 / 0844 800 0400

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