Well, my friends, something amazing happened. Nikki and I got a huge wish granted last week, amidst a parking lot full of thousands of dirty, filthy assholes, farting with abandon, seizing, and fainting, all whilst getting inebriated. I’m talking about the Mumford & Sons concert in Columbus, Ohio. Another concert bucket list alert. 🙂
Aside from all the human bodily atrocities we were accosted with that steamy night, came the glorious, soul-stirring sounds of the band that consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwayne. Having experienced this show with my own eyes and ears, I can tell you they are even more talented than I originally thought. Every song was played to perfection, with Mumford’s gravelly voice and the entire band’s tremendous skill on every instrument they touched. Really though, I don’t know how Mumford’s forearm doesn’t fly off at the elbow while he’s destroying the guitar or banjo.
Babel, their new album, arrives on September 25th, so I knew the show would be full of lots of new stuff. I was a little bummed about this, only because I love being familiar with all the material a band is putting out. Shame on me, because every. single. song. off the forthcoming album was stupendous. Phenomenal. First-listen good. After each one I leaned to my cohorts and exclaimed “That was AMAZING!” Here are a few videos my crew took of their new stuff….
This one REALLY blew me away…
And finally, this is the single, which I had heard a couple of times, and am in true, deep love with. 🙂
Of course, they played most of their first album, Sigh No More, as well, although sadly, they did not play the title track, which is a song that never fails to soothe/depress/destroy/invigorate my life force. The other heavy hitters, “Roll Away Your Stone,” “Little Lion Man,” “The Cave” (an EXPLOSIVE final song. I might venture so far as to say I’ve never seen a group of people completely erupt as these ones certainly did. The look on the boys’ faces as they are playing this one, watching everyone go ballistic is priceless – they always seem overcome with joy. Try screaming this at the top of your lungs while jumping with around 4,500 people. Nature’s drugs, I tell ya), were all there, and NO SOUND that came off that stage disappointed.
Since I can’t in good faith post my own video of “The Cave” (as I was leaping and screaming, and at one point just gave up filming), I have scoured all the vids on youtube to find one that best conveyed how it felt to be in the audience that night. I give you, the 1:15 mark:
They were gracious, funny, charming (they kept doing the typical Ohio State chants, “O – H!” – to which everyone replies back, “I – O!” I found this incredibly adorable as they are from the UK). They are obscenely talented musicians. Their catalog of music is literally some of the best that can be found today. This band is no joke, and live (where you always find out the truth about a band), they proved all of this, unequivocally. Mumford & Sons, I’ll love you til the day I die.