Mumford And Sons recently said that they write songs about the four D’s: “death, divorce, drugs and depression.” While a career has built, they’ve found themselves on the bedside of mortality more frequently through the making of their fourth album, Delta. It’s been a decade since they smashed themselves onto the chart with f-bomb dropping, banjo-fuelled hymnals and as they rolled down the road, they’ve earned arenas, music industry hardware, Billboard charts, stage time with Bob Dylan, U2, Barack Obama, their own traveling festival and plenty of imitators have followed them. With their latest release, they’ve earned an onslaught of both support and criticism. In conversation with Strombo, they unravel their appreciation for Metallica, their own identity, how they approach a fourth record as an established band, their relationship with being labeled as “folk”, the collaborative power of producer Paul Epworth, allowing bad ideas to grow, how success challenged their friendship, fan expectations of who they should be, the balance of sustainability and artistic ambitions and how they’ve found themselves with another record already written.
George also will share new sounds from friends of the show Flying Hórses and Hawskley Workman and the Montreal-born soulful voice of Mélissa Laveaux dials in to share her love for the supergroup, Bermuda Triangle.