UPDATE: Mumford & Sons Banjo Player Joking About Band Break-Up
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
March 27, 2014
UPDATE: Billboard reports that multiple reps for the band have said that Marshall's words Wednesday night at a "Mistaken for Strangers" after-party in New York City were "meant in jest," and that the band is not breaking up.
After news broke in September that critically acclaimed English folk rock band Mumford & Sons were taking a break, banjo player Winston Marshall confirms to Vulture in a new interview that the band has actually broken up for good.
"I wish I had something to say about Mumford & Sons. It was a good time," Marshall says. "It's over. We had a good time, though, you know. It was good."
But fans can still hold their breath for a reunion tour.
"Well, I dunno, f***ing, that would be awesome," he says, not ruling out the possibility. "But, you know, it is what it is, I guess."
The candid Marshall also admits to having some lingering resentment when it comes to the band popularizing the banjo in modern music.
"I think 'killed' is an understatement," he says when asked if Mumford & Sons "killed" the banjo. "We murdered it. We let it, yeah -- f**k the banjo. I f***ing hate the banjo."
Aside from achieving commercial success, Mumford & Sons have received a number of accolades for their music, including the 2013 Album of the Year award at the Grammys for their best-selling album Babel.