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Everyone’s favourite weather-beaten folk rockers Mumford & Sons have announced that the band will be going on hiatus following last night’s final tour date in support of their second album, Babel, the follow-up to their 2009 hit Sigh No More.
Keyboardist Ben Lovett confirmed the news in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying:
“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…I don’t think we’ve had actually much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band. I think that’s what’s in place at the moment, to do very little–especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons.”
2013 has been relentless for the Mumford & Sons crew, who’ve been touring ceaselessly since Babel‘s 2012 release. Besides winning Grammys, the band had to cancel several gigs, including their headlining slot at Bonnarro, after bass player Ted Dwane received emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain. The band then returned to the road immediately following Dwane’s recovery.
The band haven’t offered fans an ETA on their return to music, simply saying that they’ve no plans for the “foreseeable future.” In the meantime, the boys in the band might want to have a quick chat with The Strokes, who took an extensive break after their 2006 album First Impressions of Earth, returning with a less-than-stellar effort, 2011's Angles.