Hello! I think that article is a bit misleading. The band played a secret gig at The Basement in Nashville after the last of their three shows at The Ryman on March 8th. After that, they returned to the studio in the UK and didn’t get back out on the road until late May. They did a short UK tour, followed by a festival tour across part of Europe that concluded just two weeks ago.
I apologize for any confusion brought on by that article. The only important thing is that the band’s new single will be out on August 7th!
If you check the Discography, you’ll see that it was originally released in 2010 as an extra track on “The Cave” single (not the EP). Since then the song has gone through many changes, most recently with the addition of a chorus and a bit more of a rock feel. You can watch a video of this brilliant updated version here, and listen to and download the mp3 here.
As you will hear, the new chorus contains the words “I will wait, I will wait for you,” leading many to believe that the updated version of this song will be on the new album with a new title: “I Will Wait”. Only time will tell!
Again, I don’t have any insider information on Babel, so your guess is as good as mine.
No, before you preorder, let me clarify.
If you click this:
…on the band’s homepage, you will be taken to an external website, myplaydirect.com, to order. Though the page is all black and has the Mumford & Sons lion header, it is not the official presale. You have to click this:
…on the bottom right-hand side of the page, and then click “Store” to go to the official Mumford & Sons presale with all the posters and screen prints. Everything there is available worldwide.
I hope this helps.
Hey, thanks for the message. I’m answering this publicly because it’s very important that no one is confused by that email or the presale information listed on the Mumford & Sons official website.
I have actually already contacted the distributor about this issue and they stated:
We can confirm that the screen print is available to all customers who order through our store, and will be shipped globally.
I’m not quite sure why the email and update on the M&S official website have those extras listed as being available only in the UK, but I can confirm that everything for sale on the M&S official website is available everywhere.
Babel is now available for preorder worldwide on iTunes except for in the US and Canada; it will be made available on iTunes in those countries in early August.
Just so you know, when you preorder hardcopies of the album (CD or vinyl) through the Mumford & Sons official webstore, they come with a digital download. I’m including that information because I also received this question:
You can find details about the exclusive mumfordandsons.com preorder here, but know that you are ordering hardcopies of Babel that also come with mp3 downloads
Thanks for the questions!
Hi, and thank you! I try to be as helpful as I can.
There is a download of that Communion jam session and, as a matter of fact, I’ve already posted it right here.
For anyone who is unaware of what she’s asking about, Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard and his band, Michael Kiwanuka, The Staves, and Johannes from Bear’s Den covered John Martyn’s “Over The Hill” during this year’s SXSW and shared the video of the jam session. I highly encourage you to not only check out that cover, but to also check out all of those brilliant artists and Communion. You can sign up to receive Communion’s weekly update that always includes free downloads and, really, who doesn’t like free awesome music? Check it out!
Click here to purchase the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
Click here to download the film from iTunes.
Click here to subscribe to the free Big Easy Express podcast that includes clips not shown in the film.
Sure! That hilarious interview was actually from Hurricane Festival, but Winston and Ben were discussing the band’s gig the night before at Southside Festival. Click here to watch a video of the performance of “Whispers in the Dark” they discussed. Sadly, you can’t see Ben playing guitar at the front of the stage like they mention in the interview.
There is a fantastic video of the band performing “Whispers in the Dark” at Harvest of Art Festival a few days later in which you get a close-up of Ben playing electric guitar, and I will post that for you momentarily.
Thanks for the question!
Hi! Thank you. It is indeed my pleasure to help.
A screenprint is sort of like a poster, except not. The difference is that each screenprint is individually hand-printed using a sort of mesh screen stencil through which ink passes onto high-quality archival paper, whereas posters are made by mass reproduction of an image onto paper by a printer. Screenprints are typically considered to be collector’s items, especially when they are hand-numbered like the ones available through the exclusive Babel presale on Mumford & Sons’ official website. Those screenprints will not be available anywhere else and are “strictly limited edition.”
You can click here to watch one process by which screenprints are created. You’ll see that only one screenprint and one ink color can be printed at a time so, with any screenprint that requires more than one color, it will have to go through the screening and drying process at least once per color. It’s easy to see why screenprints are far more valuable than posters.
I hope this gives you the information you need!
It is absolutely confirmed!