How Well Do You Know Mumford and Sons?
Q: Where did the title of the band’s Sigh No More album come from?
A: Easy, if you know your Shakespeare. It’s from a scene with Balthasar, a musician in Much Ado About Nothing, who sings a song which encourages women to accept men’s infidelity as natural and normal.
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in the sea and one on shore.
To one thing constant never:
Then sign no more, but let them go.
Q: Which member of the band is a big fan of Slipknot and the Deftones?
A: Ben Lovett
Q: One member used to have a head full of dreadlocks. But Winston Marshall cut them all off. Where does he keep their remains?
A: Under his bed. We don’t know why.
Q: In 2013, the band ran into some trouble in Atlanta. What was it?
A: They were kicked out of a strip club for taking pictures.
Q: Which member of the band needed brain surgery in 2013?
A: Ben Lovett. A bad headache led doctors to discover a blood clot. He made a full recovery.
Q: Do you remember with whom M&S performed at the 2011 Grammy Awards?
A: Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers. Sales of Sigh No More jumped 99% the following week.
Q: Why is the band called “Mumford and Sons” when all four members contribute pretty much equally?
A: Because in the early days, Marcus Mumford did all the work of organizing the band, set up rehearsals and getting gigs. Besides, it sounds quaint.
Q: Where was Marcus Mumford born?
A: Anaheim, California. His English parents (national directors of the evangelical Vineyard Church) were living there at the time. That’s why he holds both British and American passports.
Q: Who is Winston Marshall’s father?
A: Paul Marshal, a hedge fund millionaire and a special advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of the UK.
Q: True or false: There’s an official Mumford and Sons font.
A: True. It’s called Goudy Oldstyle. They use it for just about everything.
Q: Only one other album than Sign No More has sold more digital copies in the US. Which one?
A: 21 by Adele.
Q: How many more amazing Mumford and Sons facts are there?
A: At least 90. See the book 101 Amazing Mumford & Sons Facts by Jack Goldstein and Frankie Taylor.