Marcus Mumford was interviewed by Chris Moyles on Radio X this week.
Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of the hugely popular Mumford & Sons, has revealed that he thinks the band’s name is “rubbish” and wishes he and his colleagues had put some more thought into it when they started their career.
They’ve had three chart-topping albums and headlined festivals around the world, most recently with their 2015 album Wilder Mind, which saw them head more into indie arena-rock and away from the folk influences of their origins.
But it seems to be the twee, folksy connotations of their name, which band member Ben Lovett once said had the feel of an “antiquated family business name”, that 29 year old Mumford dislikes as they can’t distance themselves from their beginnings, as he has said in previous interviews.
Mumford & Sons performing in 2016
“I regret our band name, man,” he rued as he was interviewed by Chris Moyles on Radio X this week. “It’s so… it’s rubbish. It’s a rubbish name.”
“Your name – you never really think about it when you’re in the pub, you’ve done your first rehearsal, you’ve written your first song, and someone’s like ‘you need a band name now’. And we’re all, you know, young guns and didn’t really think about it very much,” he elaborated.
Even after Moyles said that the name wasn’t bad, Mumford said: “Then of course your band name eventually starts preceding you, and then you’re sat in a room answering questions like this…”
Elsewhere in the interview, Mumford, who is now married to actress Carey Mulligan and has a one year old daughter, related a story of how he and his band were thrown out of their own VIP area at Glastonbury when they headlined the festival three years ago, after they tried to steal a sofa.
“We came off stage and I tried to nick a sofa from the dressing room – and got chucked out. They didn’t let me back in,” he remembered, admitting that he was quite ‘merry’ at the time. “They’d just had enough of us by the end. And they said, ‘get out and don’t come back'.”