Mumford & Sons have denied that their second album ‘Babel’ is religious.
Frontman Marcus Mumford was asked in an interview with The Big Issue about the seemingly religious lyrics on the band’s new LP, with the singer describing his own words as “social” and “philosophical” rather being being a devilishly cunning God-promoting ploy.
Speaking to the street newspaper, Mumford said: “We don’t feel evangelical about anything really. Other than music.
“The lyric you said, ‘I set out to serve the Lord’, no-one realises it’s pluperfect tense. The lyric is ‘I had set out to serve the Lord’. It’s looking back at a time when that happened.
“I don’t even call myself a Christian. Spirituality is the word we engage with more. We’re fans of faith, not religion.”
Mumford then gave a little insight into his songwriting process by admitting that he tries to explore questions via the medium of song. He added: “We’re just writing songs that ask questions. Sometimes the best way to go about exploring a question, things we wouldn’t necessarily talk about in conversation, is by writing a song.”
Meanwhile, read Electric Banana’s (almost godly) review of Mumford & Sons’ Babel album via the link.
Words by Andy Parker.