Pablo Picasso has nothing on this guy! Coming out of Wimbledon, England, Marcus Mumford sports an educated background and a great voice. He stands in the front of Mumford and Sons, a four man folk band. The name of the band represents a family atmosphere, even though none of them are in any way related. In the beginning, there were no big arenas, no sold out shows, nor any crazy fans. They were playing on the sidewalk in their hometown. Although now they sell out every show they play, they have still kept that “sidewalk mentality”; they do what they do for the love of the music, not for the money, especially since they come from affluent British families. They now have some of the most loyal fans in all of music; many of those fans have not even been able to see them yet. The fame would not be present if they did not have the man in front, with a raspy voice that brings goose bumps to all of us. Marcus Mumford proves his artistry to the world through his lyrics, his unique style, and the atmosphere he is able to create for the audience.
Take the time to listen to any one of their songs off of Sigh no more, and listen to the lyrics, each one will have a specific and deep meaning. Marcus Mumford creates this feeling himself through his incredible lyrical gift. When he is asked where he gets it from, he will tell you that, since he went to Edinburgh University (Lester), he has read a lot of Shakespeare. He often replies when asked about his lyrics that he likes to “…rip off Shakespeare or the Bible…”partly because "You can rip off Shakespeare all you like; no lawyer's going to call you up on that one" (Pearson). On albums of most artists you will always find a bad song or two, but with them, there is no such thing as a weak track. Maybe this could be due to the time that they take with their albums, their first and only album was released in 2009, and their second album is just now nearing completion. Their most popular song is “The Cave,” which Marcus Mumford based off of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave since the lyrics fit with what is said between Plato and Socrates (“Music Snobbery”). In a world where most “popular” songs revolve around sex, drugs, or some stupid beat generated from a computer, Marcus Mumford creates sophisticated songs from the books he reads and mixes that with his own desire for a catchy song.
After all, Shakespeare and the Bible are pretty good sources of inspiration.
Due to their unique style, the band was not an instant success, at one point they were reported playing a free show in an office building for a whopping three people (ROCKERAZZI). After that show, Mumford was talking with Jared Sagal, at one point in the interview Sagal asked him if he thought that they would ever be a big name artist, Mumford laughed at this and explained that his only goal was to “… have enough success to be able to do this the rest of our lives…” this might be due to their unique style. Mumford and...