Rock meets Folk

By Alex Boyes-Varley

 

Mumford and Sons, a band that is only in their third year of being formed and releasing an impressive ten albums they are creating music from the heart and following a life philosophy of living life to the full. Portraying it through their music by writing lyrics from life experiences and taking a stand of not taking life to seriously. This is the basis that they have written this particular song and their best selling single Little Lion Man from their debut album Sigh no More.

The band was formed by four young West London men, consisting of Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass). Their passion for music has created a very impressive folk, rock bands, giving credit to one particular song, titled Little Lion Man, which was voted number one on the Australian Triple J Hottest 100, 2009 countdown.

Adding more to their success, many of their songs have made the cut to popular TV shows. For example both their songs Thistles and weeds and White Blank Page were included in the sound track for two Grey’s Anatomy episodes and many others have been included in other local UK hit series, making this band a growing success in its own right. However, one song has brought real fame to this band.

Little Lion Man, is a very personal story and the meaning behind it can be found it the lyrics to each individual this song can mean a million different things, as cliché as may sound, this band is one of the most genuine bands in terms of their lyrics and meanings. This is what Mumford, Sons have attempted to do, mix personal with music, and it has added to their success.

As always, every band has their downfall and there music can get a little depressing but its target market or intended audience consist of people that listen beyond the beat and focus on the lyrics.

Music and life go hand in hand, by relating every song to a life experience that means something different to each person, the music speaks more than just the rhythm and the beat, and it is what the song makes you feel at the end that really counts and this is what it achieves.

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