Mumford & Sons have spoken to Q for the cover story interview of our new issue – Q347 out today (28 April) – about their new album Wilder Mind, explaining why they've decided to ditch their banjos and waistcoats in favour of guitars and leather jackets.
Talking in Berlin on their recent intimate tour, they discuss their new rockier direction with Sylvia Patterson... and their new look.
"It wasn't 'fuck the banjo' at all," suggests the band's Winston Marshall. "We just did whatever we wanted, musically. We always thought of ourselves as a rock band playing folk instruments. Although we might be completely deluded!"
Calling the new approach as a "liberation!", the band admit that perhaps their dress sense did lead some to some perceive the band negatively.
"We always took the music seriously," declares Marshall, "but we dressed like bloody clowns!"
Get Q347, in print to on digital, now for the full interview, including the band's evolution, a road trip with Marcus Mumford, plus his darts fancy dress secret and more.
Plus print editions of the new issue feature a free Gentlemen Of The Road CD, curated by Mumford And Sons, including tracks from the band, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Ben Howard and many more.