Mumford & SonsMumford & Sons release their third album, ‘Wilder Mind’ (produced by James Ford), on the 4th May 2015 via Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records. ‘Believe’, is the first single, released on the 27th April.

On the the minimalist yet panoramic feel to the new album (featuring 12 new tracks), Marcus Mumford describes their new sound as “a development, not a departure…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. And demoing with Aaron 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.”

“It felt completely natural, though,” says Ben Lovett, “like it did when we started out. It was very much a case of, if someone was playing an electric guitar, drums were going to complement that best; and, sonically, it then made sense to add a synth or an organ. We chose instruments that played well off each other, rather than consciously trying to overhaul it.” MUMFORD & SONS_WILDER MIND‘Wilder Mind’ Tracklisting:
Tompkins Square Park
The Wolf
Wilder Mind
Just Smoke
Snake Eyes
Broad-Shouldered Beasts
Cold Arms
Only Love
Hot Gates.

Pre-order ‘Wilder Mind’ here.

Mumford & Sons also announce the first details and line-ups for their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, including a UK Stopover in Aviemore, Scotland.

Joining the band over the Stopovers will be the likes of The Foo Fighters, Primal Scream, The Flaming Lips, Ben Howard, The Vaccines, Simian Mobile Disco DJs, The Maccabees, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Lianne La Havas, and Jenny Lewis. For full line-up details, see below.

Tickets go on sale at 10am local time on the 6th March from here.

Gentlemen of the Road presents…The Stopovers

Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA
5th June + 6th June – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBC

Waverly, Iowa, USA
19th June + 20th June – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, The Very Best, Rubblebucket, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBC

Aviemore, Scotland, UK
31st July + 1st August – Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, Primal Scream, The Maccabees, Simian Mobile Disco DJs, Lianne La Havas, Jack Garratt, King Charles, Honeyblood + more TBC

Walla Walla, Washington, USA
14th August + 15th August – Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBC

Salida, Colorado, USA
21st August + 22nd August – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Vaccines, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBC

Photo by James Minchin III