How Mumford & Sons came to be is something that even the very four members struggle to trace. ‘It sort of just happened’ Marcus Mumford has often mused to journalists. The earliest memories of Mumford & Sons performing together are within the close confines of a rehearsal room in Putney, and of last minute street-side jamming sessions on the pavement.
Within a few months, Mumford & Sons were releasing their eponymously named debut EP, through the fledgling independent Chess Club Records label. It featured the first, self-produced recordings of ‘Roll Away Your Stone’, ‘Awake My Soul’, and ‘White Blank Page’ and sold-out instantly. The live shows were rammed to the rafters in London, which was soon replicated across the whole of the UK.
The desire to record the debut album brought Mumford & Sons back to London and they settled into the studio. ‘Sigh No More’ was released in the UK in October 2009, peaking at number 2 in the UK album charts and garnering much acclaim - it won the band a Brit Award in 2010 (Best Album), and was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize Award in the same year. Outside of Britain, Mumford & Sons picked up six Grammy nominations. By February 2012 ‘Sigh No More’ had, incredibly, sold in excess of 4 million copies globally.
In September 2012 the band released their second album ‘Babel’, along with the album’s first single ‘I Will Wait’. Heavily influenced by their time touring, “it’s almost as if the road has rubbed off on the album” Ted Dwane explains. Ben Lovett adds, “We’re confident and happy to be where we are... everything that’s happened with us has exceeded expectations, and it’s all been a surprise, it’s all much bigger than what we were prepared for.”