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Mumford & Sons will return with their new album Wilder Mind on May 4, the band has revealed.
Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine), the 12-track set will mark a distinct change, as the band as largely eliminated much of their signature sounds: banjo, acoustic strumming, etc. Instead, they've utilized synths, drum machines and electric guitars.
"Towards the end of the Babel tour, we'd always play new songs during soundchecks, and none of them featured the banjo, or a kick-drum," said Marcus Mumford of the new record. "And demoing with Aaron meant that, when we took a break, we knew it wasn't going to involve acoustic instruments. We didn't say: 'No acoustic instruments.' But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up. The songwriting hasn't changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It's as simple as that."
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The band has also revealed a new set of Gentlemen of the Road stopovers, for which tickets can be purchased beginning Friday at 10 a.m. local time. The likes of Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Jack Garratt, Ben Howard, Lianne La Havas, James Vincent McMorrow and others will join the band for select dates, listed below.
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June 5-6 — Seaside Heights, NJ
Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA
June 19-20 — Waverly, IA
Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, The Very Best, Rubblebucket, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA
July 31-Aug. 1 — Aviemore, Scotland
Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Howard, Lianne La Havas, The Maccabees, Jack Garratt, Honeyblood + more TBA
Aug. 14-15 — Walla Walla, WA
Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA
Aug. 21-22 — Salida, CO
Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Vaccines, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA