Mumford & Sons Go on Indefinite Hiatus

The band need an urgent break after their relentless "Babel" tour. Place your bets for when the band will finally return right here.

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Mumford & Sons have announced that they will go on an indefinite hiatus. The band revealed their plans for a long, undetermined break to Rolling Stone, following a mammoth tour of their newest album "Babel" which won several Grammys, broke sales records and ended with a tour date in Kansas this week. "There won't be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday's show," said keyboardist Ben Lovett on what will be their first break since finishing tour duties for 2009's "Sigh No More" wrapped up When asked how long they'd be on a break for, Ben replied: "We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that. It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of ... I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules." He continued: "I don't think we've had actually much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band. I think that's what’s in place at the moment, to do very little - especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons." It's not the first sign that their relentless touring schedule was wearing them down. In February, Lovett said their success and the resulting bigger tour dates took some getting used to. "These shows take a bit more out of us," said Lovett. "We have a bigger responsibility to be in better form. We can't be dropping the set 20 minutes because Marcus has tired legs." When do you think Mumford & Sons will be back? Place your bets in the comments, and we'll check back when they finally return.

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    ""Tired legs" after an album tour, that's real cute boys..." -Geddy Lee.
    No kidding. This is pretty much the reason I have an insane amount of respect for Rush. It's all about the music.
    link no1
    I haven't listened to them before but from that comment I can only assume: 1) Marcus is the drummer 2) His drumming is all fast tempo, constant double-bass. Looking at the picture of the band...I might be wrong with my assumption.
    no he's the singer/guitarist but he also plays the bass drum simultaneously with it in most of the songs
    Am I the only one who thinks bands are a lot lazier now, bands in the 60's and 70's were putting out albums every year, sometimes even twice a year and constantly touring, now bands are taking over 3 years between albums.
    I think creating an album today is different than it was in the 60s and 70s. At least the production process is much more complex. And as Woffelz said, i guess they can tour more because they can get the word out easier.
    Danjo's Guitar
    There are also probably more places to tour. I mean back in the 60's I don't think many people were going anywhere outside of western Europe and the US. And the USSR sometimes.
    Maybe they're touring more because they can get the word out more easily with the internet or something along those lines?
    As a music performance major, I feel like there's no point to being a musician if you don't want to play all the time. If someone came to me today and told me that they could get me a gig playing almost every night for the rest of my life, I'd take the offer in a heartbeat. As for modern artists being lazier, look up Frank Turner. He and his band usually play 300+ shows a year, and still crank out an album every two years or so.
    A huge reason I respect Devin Townsend is because he's constantly working. He's been touring almost non-stop since 2009 and between these little breaks he's released 5 albums. And he appreciates every single fan he has that appreciate his dedication.
    Devin's the man. no doubt about that! and his music (ESPECIALLY on Deconstruction..OMFG!!!) is MUCH more demanding than Mumford and Sons. suck it up, kiddies.
    It's frustrating, isn't it? Most of the people on this website are guitarists who dream of being in a successful band. I'd give my left nut to tour the world with my music. And now, Mumford and Sons come out and say that touring is a chore and they'd rather sit around and do nothing. If it's that much of a hassle, I'd happily swap places with them!!
    There's nothing wrong with taking your time on an album. I'd rather a band take their time rather than rush through it and put out a shitty album.
    I feel like bands make records less often now because nobody really makes money from album sales anymore with the digital era. Everyone just downloads it for free. Touring is the way artists make most of their money now adays.
    I'd do no different. Take a rest and enjoy the shit you've earned for touring and all, y'know. Or in their case, fix the ceiling of their wooden house. Before the wolf huffs, and puffs and... oh well. On a related note, I really can't seem to dig their music.
    I understand the hate, but this band isn't THAT bad, folks. There are a lot of bands I'd rather see go away forever. I'll never, ever, buy Mumford's albums, but I when I want to hang out with friends or watch a ball game at the bar, I'm much happier to hear Mumford than I am to hear all the poppy, not-even-real-music bullshit that's extremely popular, these days.
    Agreed. They really not that bad, just not my style either. At least they have their own sound and are actually playing music lol. Plus they do a decent cover of "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel. I just want to know how many teeny bopper kids think that Mumford and Sons wrote that song! They also had six songs on the Billboard's top 100 not too long ago which hasn't been done since the Beatles. I hate to say it, but when you're that popular and you say you need a break, you kind of deserve it. They've probably been going non-stop since they blew up.
    All music is real, and Mumford IS poppy. I'm not sure what you're getting at.
    Put out the same single over and over and have frat-boys, hipsters, and drunk girls sing along. They're the AC/DC of folk pop. Except that AC/DC is, you know, good.
    AC/DC is good?
    By AC/DC do you mean the same awful power chord progression they use in nearly every song, their inability to produce anything that pop/classic rock radio might not play, or lack of new/interesting material since the late 80s early 90s?
    No. He meant their ability to make a lot of songs using the same chord progression. Also, Angus Young uses more open chords than power chords (Back in Black, TNT, Highway, Thunderstruck, etc...). You should try making albums of songs with the same chord progression and sell 200 million copies.
    tuh hah miss
    You know, I've never thought of it that way, so thank you. I never liked listening to AC/DC, but it would be foolish to not respect them, as they definitely deserve it.
    Not that I do, but I think no one on here understands the grueling life of a touring musician; being on the road practically everyday, almost never getting to see home, and in a new place nearly every night. I did concert security for seven years, and I'll tell you from first hand experience, a life on the road is not by any means easy. So then, when someone living this life wants to take a step back, they're chided as being lazy...but that seems more like ignorance to me. Or, selfishness in thinking that complete strangers should do as you please, rather than what's best for them. Some people on here are daft.
    I don't think people think they're lazy, but it's part of the job. So is taking a holiday when it gets too much. If they want to make a grand, heartfelt announcement about taking a holiday from work, they deserve every bit of derision they get. I'm taking a week off soon for my 40th birthday as it happens, does anyone want to write a press release for me?
    Either there's some tension between bandmates, or they are out of ideas. They are good musicians, it just bothers me that most of their songs sound like each other. Not only that, all songs seem to have the same structure were they go through the first chorus with just a palm-muted guitar and voice, and then they go off with all the instruments for what is left of the song. I don't know, I think they should be more creative, they need to me more spontaneous. I think their songs are to predictable.
    To anybody that's said touring isn't tough just check out back and forth by the foo's. Their story about the things they did to get them through touring, the drinking and drugs just to stop the monotony of constantly being on the road and the toll it takes on you (and in particular the toll it took on Taylor) shows its not easy
    I just imagine them all wearing suspenders tuning their violins when one says, "I want to try different things. I think I'm going to start wearing overalls and playing the banjo."
    Why so much hate towards them? Is it because they aren't a prog rock or metal band to appeal to the UG audience? I'm not a fan of them but they're good at what they do.
    i don't hate them, i just don't think they're as great as everyone makes them out to be
    I'm so tired of the stereotype here that only rock and metal bands are accepted. That's such bullshit. Mumford are probably hated here because of their complete lack of creativity.
    Maybe they will find other careers and make the music world a better place... a man can dream
    Can't blame them, I have been following them since just a bit before they exploded and they always seemed to be doing one thing or another. I'd like to take a break too and enjoy the cash I made.
    a band this young in their career going on hiatus seems like a desperate cry for attention because the bandwagon has lost a wheel, it's like they think the whole world revolves around them because they had a bit of a buzz over the last year or so, this doesn't just go for mumfords, it's all the bands that release an album then tour then go on hiatus. i get they want a break, but "having no activity the foreseeable future" just seems like a pretentious up-your-own-arse way of saying, "we want a break to see our families and friends, be back soon".i seriously only think these are so popular because people find it "cool and unusual" that they play in a folk style, the music is mediocre, and if they were playing as a generic indie pop band with no such gimmick people wouldn't care. i imagine they will be back 'better than ever' this time next year with another run of the mill single. i have no problem with them, as much as this post seems to show otherwise, it's more the media machine of promoting mediocrity as superiority. not that everything on the radio is bad though.
    Why all the hate? They are really talented musicians/songwriters and do all their own shit. It's fine if they aren't up your alley but damn have some respect
    Maybe they can use this time to go back to their more organic stuff rather then the mommy and daddy crap they made with their last album?Anyway yeah I'd give them till 2015 maybe 16.
    I had already started my extended hiatus from listening to Mumford and Sons prior to the band's decision.
    Anyone who hates Mumford & Sons is obviously missing a chromosome. Either that or their ears are broken.
    Hate is a strong word, but apart from a few standout songs, they're just boring. Nothing special.
    I really don't care. Just don't get the appeal of this group. Also, I find it funny that a lot of bands who are made up of guys in their 60's don't need to take breaks.
    Blah blah blah. They're tired from touring a lot, like a whole world full of bands are. Only you can't call it that now, it has to sound grand and dramatic, like "methodology" or "pro forma" and so on. All it shows is that they're not in control of their schedules and they're burned out. Boo hoo. They've done, what, two proper major label albums? Boo hoo. Who wouldn't take some time off from being with the same fifteen or so people fo months (crew, etc)? It's called a holiday, dickheads.
    I'm not a huge fan of them (they're a poor man's pogues for those who are easily offended), but I fair call from them I guess
    A Cool Folky British Sounding Band with "Deep" Lyrics can only last for so long... God..i think they are so pretentious.. I saw them in an interview with Hoppus and they acted like they havent seen TV screens before