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Saturday 27 December 2014

Marcus Mumford: We're no Coldplay

Marcus Mumford
Marcus Mumford

Marcus Mumford says it's "not appealing" to be hailed as 'the next Coldplay'.

The lead singer of folk rock band Mumford & Sons wants to carve out his own path in the music industry. He finds it frustrating when his group are compared to other successful British acts.

"Oh, God. Is that appealing? Not really," he replied to the latest edition of UK magazine GQ when asked how he feels about the label. "No disrespect to Coldplay. But we want to do things pretty differently. It's not about being as big as we can be. We don't want to conquer anything. We just want to play good shows. We may change our minds but stadiums are something we never really want to do. Arenas are plenty big enough."

When his bandmate Ted Dwane suggests that performing at London's The O2 would be a "good gig" during the interview, Marcus remained resolute in his indifference to staging a huge show.

"Not interested, sorry. I wouldn't have purchased the banjo if size mattered to me," he quipped.

Marcus tied the knot with Hollywood actress Carey Mulligan in an intimate ceremony in England earlier this year. They are reluctant to talk about their relationship, but 25-year-old Marcus admits he finds it difficult to spend long periods of time away from his wife.

Mumford & Sons have been on the road a lot this year, promoting their new album Babel, while Carey spends months away from home on movie sets.

"I'm feeling homesick, actually," Marcus confessed. "Yes. My priorities obviously shift. Not necessarily change altogether because our ladies all kind of understand it. But yeah, it's a big deal."

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