Iconic punk legend Mark E. Smith of The Fall has labeled Mumford & Sons a "mongoloid Irish folk band."
Smith made the comment while recalling the time he took a disliking to the band when they crossed paths backstage at a festival in Dublin two years ago (via NME):
"I was talking to the promoter who's a mate of mine and said, 'look, don't take the p-ss. You've stuck us next to some mongoloid Irish folk band.' The promoter turns around and says, 'they're number one in your English charts.' I thought he was f-king joking. They started clopping about singing, sounded like they were dancing on the tables - so I told them to shut the f-ck up."
Meanwhile, Smith updated fans on the next Fall album which is due for release in January.
"We've been in The Kinks' studio for a fortnight," he said. "The improvement in the group is marvellous - they're just tighter and better. We're actually just finishing off the next record. I haven't got a title for it yet but we are thinking about a January release."
He adds that their fan base appears to be getting younger, which is probably thanks to modern bands like At The Drive-In citing The Fall as a major influence.
"I think a lot of it has to do with computers and getting music that way," he said. "I don't know though, it doesn't bother me at all who is there. I don't fâ€”king care who comes."