Mumford and Sons wanted name change

Mumford & Sons considered changing their name but think it is too late to do so now

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Marcus from Mumford + Sons

Marcus Mumford

Mumford & Sons hate their name.

The 'I Will Wait' hitmakers share songwriting duties and frontman Marcus Mumford doesn't like the fact their moniker sounds like he is their driving force and he admits they considered re-Christening themselves.

He said: "I definitely regret the band name. 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."

The group have moved away from the folk sound of their first two albums on new record 'Wilder Mind' and are relieved to have shed their tweed waistcoats and bow ties in favour of leather jackets, in keeping with their new image.

Keyboard player Ben Lovett said: "I think it would be fair to say that we've noticed that in some of our old photos we look like absolute idiots.

"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."

However, Marcus insists they haven't made a calculated attempt to change their style.

He told NME magazine: "We didn't sit down and say, 'Let's wear leather guys'. Over an eight-year period you behave differently. 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.' "

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