If, like M&S HQ, you’re life is ruled not by routine, forethought or even fate, but crippling indecision and an almost pathological inability to prepare for anything beyond the very-near future, it might be fair to assume that your New Years eve plans are lying not in tatters, but at the bottom of a very deep and very dark loch, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, tied to a brick of elephantine proportion, weighed down with an unquantifiable amount of bewilderment.Or it might just be that you aren’t sure what you’re doing yet… Will it be the usual, Sir; pub? Club? House party? All well and good but it lacks flair, imagination – it’s what the French might call; les not all that. Well, M&S has spent the past three months gnawing at our shackles of ineptness, chomping right through to the bone to expose our idle ossa to the fresh air of firm arrangement, and we’re here to set you free too!Mumford & Sons, along with dear friends Johnny Flynn, Pete "Dobro? Any Relation?" Roe, Andrew Davie and ‘Hot Tips for 2010®’ Everything Everything, are playing a quite frankly massive and amazing party at the HMV Forum in London! Hosted by the beautiful souls of The Flowerpot pub, the event is also set to feature the turntable genius of Head Gardener, The Beeny Royston Experience and the Chess Club boys – a fabulous last Hootenanny Hoorah to celebrate the end of a fantastic year!Come along, have a drink, have a dance, have a smooch, have a good time! GUARANTEED.M&S HQx
As far I know, a Triple Threat is a person (non-gender specific) blessed of trophy-winning physical attractiveness, above average intelligence and a good sense of ‘humour’ – got to be well funny with the funnies to get the girls. Or boys. And you better be next level if you’re gunning for both. We’d be reluctant here at Mumford HQ to describe ourselves as anything even approaching a ‘triple threat’. Single threat, maybe – singularly non-threatening. We yearn for triple threat acceptance, there has to be a way…
Hang on. Just been told a triple threat can also simply refer to an individual that is just pretty amazing at three things. Interesting. Apparently these three things can be any things. Interesting. All’s not lost, Mumford HQ has to be at least pretty amazing at three things, we just need to figure them out…
This may take several painfully introspective and ultimately heart-breaking moments, so please do feel free to occupy your own meantime by voting for Mumford & Sons’ Little Lion Man in the amazing Triple J (or JJJ? Maybe x3J? Probably just Triple J) Hottest 100 Countdown 2009! Now that really is three things of AMAZING! The vote is open from December 21st 2009 through to January 17th 2010, and to one and all, so get voting HERE! It’s too late to win a Smash Hits Poll Winners Party award for Most Fanciable Male so this is the next best thing – it’ll be the best (early) Chinese New Year present ever! F.Y.I. Tiger.
1. Drawing 3D boxes. In pencil. Unaided by eraser or ruler.
2. See above. In pen. No Tip-Ex.
3. Superstrings and M-Theory.
When Mumford HQ was knee-high to a stote on stilts, we nearly drowned. This ain’t no cake walk to a picnic in the park, this is dark. Real dark. Not literally dark, but like, dark – darkly dramatic, I’m being dramatic, creating an atmosphere, setting a scene.
Here’s the scene…
A sun-drenched sandy coast, hugged by a polar blue sea. A little person. A little person swimming off a sun-drenched sandy coast, hugged by a polar blue sea. A bigger person, also swimming off a sun-drenched sandy coast, hugged by a polar blue sea. A dunking. Another dunking. Dunk, dunk, slam dunk. Dunkings the likes of which one only sees on Crimewatch. I don’t know if you’ve ever nearly drowned but our vision went black and white before melting into slow motion. We’re chatting flashbacks and lights at the end of infinite tunnels – the whole shebang, the real deal. Had it not been for the intervention of C.J Parker we might not be writing this at all. Ahh, C.J…
Anyway, in adulthood, if we were to choose a way to go it would be drowning in a sea of sound… Hugged by a polar blue sea. Cause of death: drowned in sound. Or DiS.
Coincidentally, Mumford & Sons took some time out a little while ago to answer YOUR questions for Sean et al over at Drowned In Sound, the results (or ‘answers’, for the sane) of which can be seen/ingested/digested/absorbed right here – believe me when I say it’s fantastic, so get paddling!
Mumford HQ remembers with vivid affection the day the first video rental shop opened in our tiny provincial town… The mighty Ritz Rentals.
Wall after wall of straight-to-video manna; solid celluloid gold at every turn – the Wayans brother’s I’m Gonna Git You Sucka! repping hard. A mock blaxploitation masterpiece of modern cinema. Nowhere else in all of Hollywood’s long and illustrious history will you find a man’s death attributed to an OG… as in "Overdose of Gold". Of course, at the time, such items were beyond the reach of curious little hands, and we had to make do with Pete’s Dragon. Always Pete’s Dragon. Don’t get me wrong, Pete’s Dragon is a charming mixture of live-action and animated mayhem, and it’s got a dragon with a purple bowl-cut in it , so it is, by default, a bit awesome. But do you know what it doesn’t have? Isaac ‘Hammer’ Hayes.
Those days are long since gone. Blockbuster invaded and reigned supreme. Then the internet dropped the download bomb and rained supremely on Blockbuster’s parade. Politics. You’re best out of it. And I’m throwing you a life-line: forget cinema, video, DVD, Blueray and your torrents, Mumford & Sons have got your back!
First off, we have a video of the boys appearance on, and indeed performance for, Absolute Radio’s Christmas session, available for you to watch here – and it’s a little cracker (just deal with it), so what are you waiting for!?
Second up is a rather splendid NokiaMusic ‘Music We Like’ interview: The Sons answered questions on a whole host of subjects, so if you want to know what the band’s favourite songs, guilty pleasures and ‘much more’ are, bow down to the Scandinavian Gods of mobile communication and watch the exclusive video here!
Alight the flight chaps, and set down foot and baggage on India’s beautiful land!
Put your hands up for Mumbai, a lovely city! Wait, Wait! Mumbai… Mumford… Stars align! It’s the great coming together of the two ‘Mums’! As is written in the book of HQ iCal! Oh, how long we’ve waited! At least weeks, maybe even a month, and now it is here: Mumbaiford! This is going to be spectacular – and not in that, ‘talk something up because it actually isn’t going to be that spectacular’ non-spectacular kind-of-way, but actually spectacular! Of course, Mumford HQ only knows this second hand, writing as we do from a small cubby hole in… Where are we? It’s been so long since… What month is this? Who is King? Wha’ happened?
The Sons will be documenting their every waking move for the good ship Spinner, where you’ll have access to their AOL Tour Diary, bringing you exclusive journal action, exclusive picture action and exclusive video action! Basically loads of quality action entertainment from the trip, so make sure you swing by Spinner daily to get a (healthy) fix! And yes, I’ve linked to Spinner* TWICE, it’s that spectacular. (*THRICE!)
Just prior to lift off, Marcus ‘Marcus Mumford’ Mumford did a little interview with the very same Spinner to talk about how this grand old adventure came about, his expectations, his excitement and a few other related tid-bits – you can read the grilling in full here… Enjoy!