Following on from my post on Okkervil River are the band that need no introduction (so i'll go ahead and not give them one):
4. Mumford and Sons
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Here is a band I fell in love with on my first listen. Their unique brand of anthemic folk has taken the country, and the world, by storm. I first saw them back at 'End of the Road Festival' in 2009, where they played in front of about 200 people on a lazy Friday afternoon. Well what a difference a year and a half makes.
Rising out of the famous 'West London folk scene' alongside artists such as Johnny Flynn, Noah and the Whale and Laura Marling they have gone from strength to strength. The band has received two Grammy nominations (for 'Best New Artist' and 'Best Rock Song' - for Little Lion Man), a Mercury nomination and a Brit Award win for 'British Album of the Year'.
It was always going to be a case of the difficult second series for the Mumford boys. The huge amounts of media and public attention on the band in recent months will mean their follow up to the hugely successful 'Sigh No More' (which sold over 948,000 copies in the US alone) will have an even greater weight of expectation. The band have promised to strip their sound down and somewhat start from scratch on their, yet un-named, sophomore effort - which is due for release later this year.
Here is the picture from Mumford and Sons performance at 'End of the Road Festival' 2009.
If you haven't checked out these boys live yet then you are seriously missing out. Don't believe me? Well listen to the below video, and then feel free to apologise for ever doubting me.