“I will wait, I will wait, for you!”
Mumford fans were no doubt singing those lyrics when the group announced they were going on an ‘indefinite hiatus’ in 2013. But now, it appears that the wait isn’t going to be nearly as long as anyone thought.
Because Mumford and Sons just announced they will be dropping their third album Wilder Mind on May 4th.
After teasing fans with a video on Friday that said “news coming Monday,” the group confirmed what we were all wondering in an email announcement where they dryly joked, “At the end of 2013 we went our separate ways to pursue our individual passions…and with each of our new careers quickly spiraling into bankruptcy and public disgrace, we had no choice but to reconvene and make a new album.”
While the group is returning, their signature folky sound is not. They’ve traded the banjo for a synth and drums, making Wilder Mind indeed a little wilder.
With their most recent album Babel being cut from the same cloth as 2009’s Sigh No More, it’s no surprise the group wanted to change things up a bit. Especially since, after touring continuously from 2009-2013 on top of working on side-projects, they were burned out.
After announcing an ‘indefinite hiatus,’ the breakup rumors started buzzing – which the band did nothing but teasingly inflate.
In an interview with Vulture, banjo player Winston Marshall said, “I wish I had something to say about Mumford & Sons. It was a good time…it’s over.”
And Marcus Mumford offered, “Everyone keeps asking if we’ve broken up as a band, which I love, so I keep saying ‘yes,’ and then we can have a big comeback tour next year!”
Mumford, you trolls. You terrible, talented trolls.
Judging from the video, it doesn’t look (or sound) like fans have anything to worry about. If anything, it’s the Mumford we’ve come to know and love – plus a little electricity. They’re a versatile group and on their 2013 tour, Marcus Mumford even foreshadowed a bit by trading the banjo for some killer drumming mid-song. But hell, after all of the breakup rumors, I’m just happy they still exist. They could record a room of crying babies set to an electric banjo and I’d still listen to it.
So now we keep calm and wait for the reunion/comeback/whatever to begin. Unfortunately, they won’t be touching down in Chicago (as far as we know), but they’ve announced several nearby festival appearances in North America – including the recently announced Gentlemen of the Road stop-over festival in Seaside Heights, New Jersey and Bonnaroo.
You can pre-order Wilder Mind on their site.
Besides that, I will wait, I will wait for you, May 4th.
(Featured image courtesy of Mumford and Sons)