Mumford & Sons Announce Potentially Banjo-Free (!) New Album

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 16: Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons performs at Mardi Gras World on September 16, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Mumford & Sons are going electric. Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images

Remember when Mumford & Sons fans everywhere had a meltdown last year, when the band was rumored to be breaking up? Fear not! Their brief hiatus is officially over with today’s announcement of their third album, Wilder Mind, to be released May 4. Mumford & Sons might look slightly different this time around, though. Rolling Stone reports that the new album won’t have much of the band’s beloved banjo, acoustic strumming, or stomping kick-drums, which will instead be replaced by “U2-sized guitars, synths, spacey mellotrons and even some drum machines.” So maybe they weren’t entirely “just joking” about hating the banjo after all. Here’s a teaser for the electrified new Mumford & Sons album.

Mumford & Sons Are Going Electric on New Album