Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford told Rolling Stone in a new interview that the band’s embrace of electric guitars on its upcoming album just happened naturally. He explained, “By the end of our touring cycle that we finished in October 2013, we kind of had dropped some acoustic instruments and started playing with electric instruments (at sound checks) and really left it there.”
Mumford added, “It didn’t feel like a huge departure in some way. It felt kind of natural to us. It sounds kind of like a jolt, but for us it was just where we were headed. We were never too heavily wedded to a certain type of instrument. It was more like a certain type of songwriting, but even that has changed a bit.”
The album, Wilder Mind, arrives on May 4th. The first single, called “Believe,” was released earlier this week.
The new disc incorporates electric guitars, synths, drum machines and other electronic sounds, with the band’s trademark banjo almost nowhere to be found.
Mumford & Sons will continue their Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover shows this summer, staging two-day festivals in four small U.S. towns, in addition to headlining Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival in June.