Mumford And Sons: 'We Don't Want To Become Like Coldplay'

Folk-stars have distanced themselves from media-based comparisons to Coldplay.

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Mumford And Sons have distanced themselves from media-based comparisons to Coldplay. The band is doing well on both sides of the Atlantic and has recently matched a record set by The Beatles in 1964 with a whopping six songs in the Billboard 100.

The folk-rockers' lead singer, Marcus Mumford, spoke to GQ about how playing the stadium-sized venues that the 'Fix You' stars tour has a lack of appeal.

When asked how he feels about being given 'the next Coldplay' tag he replied: "Oh, God. Is that appealing? Not really."

Mumford also stressed that he wants his group to take a different approach to Chris Martin and co as their popularity grows.

Mumford explained: "No disrespect to Coldplay. But we want to do things pretty differently. It's not about being as big as we can be. We don't want to conquer anything."

The frontman insisted that playing huge stadium shows is not an idea he would ever be likely to entertain.

He added: "We just want to play good shows. We may change our minds but stadiums are something we never really want to do. Arenas are plenty big enough."

During the interview, the band's bassist also suggested to the magazine that he thought playing a London's O2 Arena would be a "good gig".

The singer did not appear to share his bandmate's enthusiasm however.

He replied: "Not interested, sorry. I wouldn't have purchased the banjo if size mattered to me."

The frontman also commented on how his marriage to Hollywood actress, Carey Mulligan, has been since they tied the knot earlier this year.

He discussed how the constant touring of second LP Babel has meant going for long periods of time without seeing his new wife.

The 25-year-old admitted: "Yes. My priorities obviously shift. Not necessarily change altogether because our ladies all kind of understand it. But yeah, it's a big deal."

Listen to the title track from Mumford and Sons' current album 'Babel' below.

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Thanks to Gigwise for the report.

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    No one can deny that Coldplay are an influence now. Everyone knows they are what they do not want to be.
    well to change that they can stop singing songs like paradise ...
    They want to put on a good show.....Well I saw Coldplay in Houston, and it was one of the best concerts I've ever seen. The band sounded great live. Chris Martin was fun to watch. They did some songs in the crowd. And they had props like confetti, beach balls, screens that were hanging above a lot of people's heads, and my favorite one...the wristbands. Coldplay definitely have a unique show. Nothing like I've ever seen. Mumford & Sons, if you want to put on a good show, go to a Coldplay concert and takes notes.
    No-one wants to be compared to Coldplay, that is like being called a plain, white bread-stick with no toppings.
    I find myself liking these guys more and more over time for reasons like this.
    The Black Keys 2.0 I'm starting to get annoyed by this band.
    Another instance where, when a band starts getting popular, the UG idiots instantly start hating them lol. Damn you Mumford & Sons for starting to make it big!
    Crimson Ghost
    So basically, Mumford and Sons would rather have a bunch of songs that sound exactly the same than have some variety in their catalog
    Mumford and Sons are amazing. Good for them for not letting Fame get in the way of their true passion!!
    Coldplay did play arenas. Maybe stadiums in the U.K. and Australia, but most of the tour was in the U.S., where they exclusively did arenas.
    These guys are unappreciative idiots. They start to get a major fan base and they say they don't want get big. Fcking idiotic. I love their music. They should really open their eyes and see that sharing your music is beautiful. Either that or give them some mary jane.
    Basically waht theyre saying is you can only blow a balloon so big before it pops. If they get to be too big of a sensation, they will die out fast like all these mainstream pop losers nowadays. but if you play in the low light, you can hang around for quite a while until you decide to die out. anyone agree?