Yesterday was a memorable one for a multitude of reasons: firstly, it was a Monday. Amazing. Secondly, it was the 2nd of November. Unbelievable. And thirdly… did we mention it was a Monday? Perhaps (almost certainly) most important of all, it just also happened to be the day the first ever NME Chart was announced. True fax. Not only that, but an NME chart that saw Mumford & Sons’ Little Lion Man make an inaugural entrance at a very respectable and actually-quite-colossal No. 10! It’s all based on sales of only the artists featured "in the NME world" – which is the magazine, it’s radio station and it’s website apparently, which is nice.Number TEN! Like Downing Street, but better.You can watch all the videos featured in the Top 40 on NME TV (Sky 382) every Saturday, and you can catch a special countdown of the Top 10 songs/videos on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00am and 6:00pm… that’s two potential viewings so no excuses… unless you don’t have Sky, in which case, carry on…M&S HQx
So, Little Lion Man, eh? Remember him? Small fella, looked a little bit like a lion? Had a healthy relationship with the chart and a rebound ‘thing’ with Mr. Cruz a while back? Well, he’s officially off-the-shelf, snapped up by a whole host of handsome young things (that’s you btw), and though his mane blazed brightly in the Autumn sun, it’s a new dawn, a new day, and, apparently, a whole new season…
Mumford and Sons are fit to burst with pride and excitement as they officially announce the release of Winter Winds! The second offering from Sigh No More is set to breeze casually, but firmly, on to the shelf and into the game on December the 7th two-zero-zero-nine. Winter Winds will be available to buy from all the usual suspects, in all the usual formats, and will also come complete with the sparkling endorsement of a certain Scott Mills, who has made Winter Winds his Record of The Week this week over at Radio 1! Wonderful! Here’s to you Mr. Mills… And to all of you reading this, here’s to you and yours too, just because we’re nice like that.
Breaking News!! Peep a FIRST look at the artwork for Winter Winds below…
Dearest Friends,World Wide WELCOME to our website. Welcome to our very own unique corner of this bizarre and faintly glorious world of sites, blogs, tweets and streams.We hereby launch the MUMFORD & SONS website with both joy and ambition. With joy, because it feels like the beginning of us being a proper band with a fancy website which, we have to admit, is pretty fun. With ambition, because we indulge in visions of creating a community – a family – albeit online, where we can share with you, you can share with us, and you can share with each other. Utopian? Yessir.We reckon the internet is alright. In fact, we may not have been here as a band without it. The fact that we can drive to a town we’ve never been to and play shows to people who know our music, is incredible, and helped to no end by the internet.The danger is that we all get better doing life online than we do in the flesh. That ain’t the idea. We still prefer eye contact to skype contact. Sometimes there’s just a bit too much information– and we’re not that interesting. BUT, that said, we endeavour to have a good old crack at being web geeks.Our website will be a place where you can find out what we’re doing as a band, where we’re playing, what we’re releasing and all that stuff. We’re going to try and put quality before quantity, and await your feedback with baited breath. The idea is that it’s also a place where we all get to rub shoulders a bit, speak our minds about stuff not just to do with music, as you’ll see soon enough.Our mantra: Don’t always just write the first thing that comes into your head, and don’t rush. There’s no rush, hombres.And so we begin.
In a splendid twist of fate, we merry men find ourselves hurtling towards the emerald isles not a full day after Guinness’s 250th Birthday celebrations, and to say we were just a little bit excited would be as mild an understatement as a pint of the good stuff itself. And as if that wasn’t wonderful enough, we have even more wonderful news fresh from the road! Can we call them traffic updates? Let’s not… Let’s just say that we’ll be playing a series of rather fine instores in the coming weeks, all of which are FREE!
More proof, if proof were needed, that the best things in life are free. Check that continuity, this one’s got legs, it could just run and run and run and run…
1st Oct – Pure Groove – London – 7.30pm
6th Oct – Resident – Brighton – 6pm
7th Oct – Rise – Bristol – 6pm
If not for fine fortune and a little endeavour, we Sons may well have found ourselves travelling very different roads: were it not for the various interventions of higher hands and trusted guides we could’ve been bad guys – the very worst, each of us contemptible, criticised and cursed; an ailing mob masterminded by a failing Fat Sam… All this could definitely have happened… It feels as though it may actually have, in another time and another place, and I think Dexter Fletcher was there… Odd.
Or teachers. We could have been teachers! So noble the educator. Imagine a crisp September morning, first period, English language – ‘The cliché’. And there could surely be no finer example to inscribe upon the blackboard than, ‘The best things in life are free…’.
How fitting then, that we are giving away a hyper-modern Mp3 of a re-recorded ‘Sister’ absolutely free via our new website! Okay, it may not be the best thing in your life, but it is free, so, you know, close enough.
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