Mumford & Sons have decided to take a long break from their relentless recording and touring schedule. They released their album, "Babel," last September and have been touring since October, 2012. They headlined the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in England in June and then hit the road in the States.
Keyboard player, Ben Lovett, told Rolling Stone magazine, "There won't be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future. It feels like the last week of high school right now."
"I don't think we've had much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band."
When Lovett was asked how long the break will be, he replied, "We have no idea. We just know we're going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that."
In May of this year bassist, Ted Dwane, was diagnosed with a blood clot on the surface of his brain. This required immediate surgery and three of the band's concerts had to be postponed.
Dwane's surgery went well and he was back in the fold within two weeks.
Lovett said, "To be honest, Ted dealt with the whole thing better than any of us could have imagined. All we feel is incredibly grateful and happy that he's going to be okay and that we're going to get back out on that stage ."
Singer Marcus Mumford organized the band in West London in December, 2007. The band consists of Mumford on vocals, guitar, mandolin and drums, Lovett on vocals, keyboards, accordion and drums, Winston Marshall on vocals, banjo, dobro and guitar, and Dewane on vocals, string bass, drums and guitar.
They became known as one of the West London folk scene's best bands. Mumford, himself, insisted that they were non folk, but rather a non-exclusive community.
They began touring opening for many other acts in the U. K., U.S. and Australia. The music they performed on tour became their first album, "Sign No More." The October, 2009 release featured the hit single, "Little Lion Man."
The band was so busy touring that their planned new album, "Babel,"which was supposed to be released in late 2011 had to be postponed and finally came out on September 24, 2012. The single, "I Will Wait," hit the charts and the album debuted at number one on Billboard's Hot 100 and the U. K. album chart, as well. It became the biggest-selling album of 2012. It also won a Grammy award for "Album of the Year."