Review: Mumford and Sons @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Looking for more Mumford? Read my recent review of Mumford & Sons at Terminal 5 on 11/15/10.
I must say, Marcus Mumford and his bandmates put on a really great show. If you’ve never heard of them before, Mumford & Sons is a 4-man band from England who are playing sold-out shows all over the U.S, U.K. and Australia. They’re in New York City for two nights of sold out shows.
Lucky for me, I got tickets to the show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. Shortly after they started the set, Mumford stated that the Music Hall of Williamsburg was one of his favorite places to perform in the whole world. Now, maybe he was just saying that, but I believed him. It’s a great venue, and I have to say that the crowd last night was very excited to be there—they danced and sang along and knew all of the lyrics. You could tell that the band was feeling this group love because they put at least 110% into every single song. By the end, they seemed exhausted but extremely happy.
I bought their new album Sigh No More back in March and I can’t tell you the name of one song on it. Ok, well, maybe just “Little Lion Man,” but it’s the kind of album I listen to straight through, or a random mix of the songs, so I have no idea what the title of any of the songs are. The album as a whole is really great. Each song starts out slow, sometimes with just Mumford’s vocals, or his guitar and vocals, and slowly the song grows and eventually erupts into a full-on folk rock jam hoedown. This happened many times last night.
The four guys stand in a row in the front of the stage, each basking in their own limelight. But Marcus Mumford is the lead singer, and he’s the type of person who would have no problem tapping his head while rubbing his stomach (and he could probably hop on one foot while he’s at it). In addition to providing the vocals, he played various guitars throughout the show, and at the same time his right leg was the drummer. He tapped away at the kick drum for many of the songs. This meant that for the first half of the show the drum kit sat neglected in the back. I wondered if a drummer was ever going to appear, or if it was just up there because it was used by the opening band. Well, there was no new musician, but in the course of the show three of the four members of Mumford & Sons took a turn on the drums during different songs.
Although Mumford lamented about walking around New York and being intimidated by “cool” NYC guys in their skinny jeans and Ray-Bans, he was quite confident during the songs. It was fun to watch all of the guys play together–Country Winston on the electric banjo and Ben Lovett on the keyboard and Ted Dwane on the upright bass. The songs were very similar to how they sound on the album, but they were amplified and more heart-pounding. They’re a great band to see live, but it’s even better when you know the songs. So go get their album, listen to it repeatedly and get yourself to their next show (before it’s sold out!).
Opening band, The Middle East:
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