Mumford & Sons have a new album on the way, and the folk-pop band sat down with Zane Lowe of Apple Music’s Beats 1 to chat about the upcoming LP, Delta, and the tour that will follow the album’s release.
Frontman Marcus Mumford tells Lowe that the band is rehearsing this time out — something that wasn’t really part of their previous tour preps.
“In the first eight years of the band, we didn’t really believe in rehearsing,” explains Mumford. “We thought it was in some ways sort of cheating. But we’ve suddenly embraced the idea of rehearsing. It’s probably because we’re really proud of this new record and we really wanna do it justice when we play these songs live.”
Discussing Delta, Mumford says the band stretched out to touch on a lot of different genres while making the record.
“I think we wanted to be ambitious not just to make one type of record or just have one genre of music on it,” he tells Lowe. “That meant being quite ambitious in the scope both of writing and recording and producing of the record.”
Mumford also talks about why the band were dead set on making a full-fledged album. “We could’ve made singles, we could’ve done EPs, we could’ve done a song a month for two years. But we really wanted to make an album because I think committing, we still love the album as a medium, but committing to make an entire album means that you get freedom to make creative choices within that record that you wouldn’t get if you were just dropping singles every month,” Mumford adds. “That led to more expression happening in the studio. I always thought that’s what proper bands do, anyway. I think we’re just coming into our prime, honestly, as a band.”
Delta will be released on Nov. 16; meanwhile, ET Canada spoke with Mumford and bandmate Ben Lovett about the band’s career and the feeling they get from performing live. Watch: