Mumford & Sons Are Back — But They’re Ditching The Banjos

It’s 2012 all over again — and we’re OK with it. First, Carly Rae Jepsen put out her comeback single, “I Really Like You” — following ’12′s Kiss — and now Mumford & Sons are heralding the upcoming release of Wilder Mind, their first record in three years.

Oh, and get this — the album probably won’t feature banjos. Jump back!

“Towards the end of the Babel tour, we’d always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum,” Marcus Mumford said in a release. “And demoing with Aaron [Dessner of The National] meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn’t going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn’t say: ‘No acoustic instruments.’ But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn’t changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums. It’s as simple as that.”

Drum, electric guitars, synths — we guess it’s not… read more