Marcus Mumford talks to NME about the vintage train tour behind the new Emmett Malloy directed movie
Mumford and Sons have spoken to NME about their new film Big Easy Express, which received its world premiere on Saturday (March 17) during the film leg of SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
The film, which also stars Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show, follows the three bands on 2011’s Railroad Revival train tour - pictured above - across the United States.
Frontman Marcus Mumford told NME that when the train rolled into Marfa, Texas for their gig, they were stopped by local police. “We were greeted by cops, who tried to stop us going into town, because they thought there’d be a riot,” said Mumford. “Then we got there and there were like, five people and a dog… Apparently they got the governor of Texas involved to get us through.”
Mumford and Sons were approached by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to take part in the ten day tour which is the subject of the new Emmett Malloy directed film, and they in turn invited Old Crow Medicine Show along for the ride. Marcus Mumford revealed that when they were initially approached for the tour, his first thoughts were that “it was unlikely that it would happen because it was a logistical nightmare. It was almost impossible to pull off and for it to work and for people not to lose all their money.”
He continued: “If you’re out to make cash dollar, renting 12 vintage train cars to tour is probably not the best way to do it. And also inviting all your mates! There were 130 people on the train.”
The carriages of the train were sourced from across North America and were, according to Mumford, “Luxury. Each carriage had its own concierge, they were like butlers. They’d make your bed and steam your shirts. It was Orient Express kind of stuff.”
Mumford recalls seeing dolphins from his compartment window after they played the first show of the tour in Oakland. “We were heading down the coast and I woke up and opened the curtains just north of Santa Barbara and I saw fucking dolphins. It was unbelievable… I thought, ‘this is going to be an amazing tour’. I’ve never seen dolphins before in my life. I was like, ‘shit, shark! Shark!’”
Are the boys playing at SXSW or just showing the tour film? And does anyone out there in Mumford world know if we can watch any of it live from SXSW I know some things they have up for interactive viewing?
- Asked by reducebadthoughts
Submitted by lovemeandmend:
I met Mumford & Sons at the Marfa, Texas stop of the Railroad Revival Tour back in April 2011. All so sweet and friendly, and it was the best night of my life! :) Also, if you want to read about my experience, you can check out this post:
Thank you for sharing! And let me encourage my followers to check out the link she’s included because it’s a fantastic story about both the Railroad Revival Tour concert and meeting the Mumfords.
From the Mumford & Sons Official Website:
March 7, 2012
News just in… To celebrate the film of the Railroad Revival Tour ‘Big Easy Express’ we are very pleased to confirm details of a second screening in Austin from 8pm on Saturday 17th March, following the film’s official SXSW premiere earlier in the day.
Mumford & Sons, along with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and a few members from Old Crow Medicine, will all be there at the Austin High School Athletic Field, where the screening will take place.
Instruments will be in tow for a little live music following the film too - as a thanks to Austin High School for the temporary loan of the football field, the local community for allowing, nay, actively supporting such events and to all of the peoplez out there who have supported the film.
To apply for free tickets you need to go to Myspace.com/bigeasyexpress and RSVP, then keep your fingers and toes crossed for an email confirmation.
If you do not live in close proximity to Austin, well. A live stream of the concert will be broadcast through Myspace.com from 9:15pm CST on the day and an HD version will be available to view through the following day. Not bad, this internet thing.
Find out more about the film over here on Facebook.
Mumfordandsons.com Blog Update: WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR BIG EASY EXPRESS (RAILROAD REVIVAL TOUR DOCUMENTARY) ]
From the Mumford & Sons Official Website:
Not such a while ago Mumford & Sons - together with friends Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - took a train across the American Southwest stopping off at various stations along the way to play some music for some might fine people and having a mgihty fine time in the process. The tour was called the Railroad Revival Tour and every inch of it was captured on camera by director Emmett Malloy and his team.
After hours, days, months of hardwork the resulting documentary Big Easy Express is now complete and not only that - we’ve recently heard word that the 75 minute film has been accepted to be premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.
Watch the official trailer now here…
To find out more about the documentary head over to its especially dedicated Facebook page.
3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…BIG EASY EXPRESS captures a musical journey. Harkening back to the days of jubilant railroad revivals, three bands set out in April 2011 to tour America by vintage train. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford & Sons climbed aboard amid the rail yards of Oakland and set out for New Orleans on a “tour of dreams.” BIG EASY EXPRESS documents the bands’ railway adventures; the high canyons, joyous crowds, blasted skies, late-night laughter, endless music…and a train that was bound for glory.