Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons

"We wanted to do something unashamed," says Ben Lovett. "We're confident and happy to be where we are as a band — everything that's happened with us has exceeded expectations, and it's all been a surprise, it's all much bigger than what we were prepared for. So when we came to recording this record we had a choice: to shy away from that, or to realise that people dig what we're doing, and make something robust, with that energy."

It was December 2010, and Mumford and Sons had been on the road since the previous summer: a glorious, eventful,... more