Mumford & Sons Discuss Their Love for Blink 182

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons much-anticipated second album, Babel, is due out in late September, and it’s likely to catapult the band firmly into “major rock superstars” territory, if they’re not already there. Before the London quartet start hanging around with Bono and adopting weird alternate personae, though, they sat down to record an episode of The Hivecast with Matt Pinfield while they are still polite, relatable dudes – whose record collections probably look a lot like yours did when you were sixteen. “Ben and I went to Blink 182 last weekend, and it was amaaaaaazing,” Marcus Mumford tells Matt. “They played a 24-hit set. It was amazing. Every song was a massive tune. For most people, that would be quite a different kind of music to what we do.”

The rest of the band goes on to cite other unlikely influences -- the Backstreet Boys even get a shoutout -- and while it’s not all namedropping, it gives you a good idea of what this episode of the Hivecast is like: Matt and four guys with a penchant for sarcasm sitting around and trading stories and one-liners. There’s some meat here, too though – the band also opens up about why Babel is more intense than Sigh No More, and how they recorded the album live in the studio for the first time. Listen to the rest of the podcast to get the details. [Download & subscribe to the Hivecast via iTunes.]

The Hivecast With Matt Pinfield: Mumford & Sons