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Let it be known: Do not mess with the music of Mumford & Sons fans!
Yesterday, the folksy band dropped its newest single, "Believe," and it's, well, different. For starters, the banjo is dead and gone. The group traded in their beloved instrument for modern day technology like synthesizers and electricity. They're still dressing like they play the banjo, of course, presumably because it's a lot harder to clear your wardrobe of button-up vests and suspenders than it is to learn to play the electric guitar.
But back to the music. They've taken their sound in a whole new direction, citing bands like Led Zeppelin and Radiohead as influence for the upcoming album. It's a strange switch, indeed, and one that's apparently hard to swallow. Fan reaction has been varied, to say the least, with most listeners feeling confused more than anything. Is that Imagine Dragons? Was Marcus Mumford held prisoner by Chris Martin? Is the sky even blue anymore? These are just a few of the questions that the people need answers to.
These change-averse Mumford-heads have taken to Twitter to voice their hurt and confusion, and they're not going to take this bait-and-switch lying down. It's not that they hate "Believe," it's just that it feels like their whole lives have been a lie. In the wise words of @mightbefolk, "I mean it's good but it's not Mumford :)"
We hear you girl, and it's time to know you're not alone in your pain.
The new Mumford and Sons song sounds really good mostly because it sounds nothing like their previous stuff— Zakk In Real Life (@Zakking_Off) March 10, 2015
I don't know what to think about Mumford and Sons new sound. #confused— Lauren Pirowski (@lpirowski) March 10, 2015
Don't know whether I like Mumford and Sons new song, I mean it's good but not it's not Mumford :(— Hannag Wilhelm (@mightbefolk) March 10, 2015
I would like the new mumford and sons song if it was from someone other than mumford and sons if that makes sense.— Rxisin (@legolasstahp) March 10, 2015
New mumford and sons song isn't even remotely bluegrass. Take your mainstream pop music somewhere else!— Jake Dahdah (@dahdah_Bing) March 10, 2015
just when you thought they couldn't be any worse, mumford & sons went and decided to sound like coldplay— Ben Grimes (@softreeds) March 10, 2015
New Mumford and sons is a bit Coldplay, which is somehow worse than old Mumford— callum (@califonia_daze) March 10, 2015
anyone else think this new mumford song sounds exactly like coldplay? da fux— Daniel W (@WestsideWong) March 10, 2015
The new Mumford & Sons song is really, really good. But it sounds a lot like Coldplay. Which isn't a bad thing, just unexpected.— hunter collins (@hntrcllns) March 10, 2015
So the new Mumford song is just an Imagine Dragons song with a different singer? Kill me— Alex Reino (@alexreino) March 10, 2015
Just heard the new Mumford and Sons' song... Oh no, wait! Forget it, it was a banjo falling down the stairs.— Pavlo (@PavloRCM) March 10, 2015
So Mumford and Sons are now Coldplay. So who's Coldplay now?— ernpac (@ernpac) March 10, 2015
Mumford & Sons has a totally new sound and I can't decide whether I love it or not.— Rachel Ferguson (@rachelferg13) March 10, 2015
I kinda miss the banjo but I'm extremely obsessed with the new Mumford song.— Danielle James (@danielleeejames) March 10, 2015
Mumford doing Coldplay doing Bon Iver doing dishes— Sondre Lerche (@SondreLerche) March 10, 2015
I fell down the stairs holding a guitar and accidentally wrote a new Mumford and Sons track.— Jess Devonport (@neverjessie) March 10, 2015
Only heard one new Mumford song, but so far I miss that banjo, bros. #isthiscoldplay— helenisnotsorry (@helenisnotsorry) March 10, 2015
Mumford&sons new song is a good song, but I'm sad theyre changing their music... Let Coldplay be Coldplay & you be you. Bring back the banjo— Emily McGreevy (@sweetestemily21) March 10, 2015
So, judging by the new Mumford and Sons track, they've decided to become Coldplays of Leon.— Paul (@pauljchambers) March 10, 2015
One of Mumford's sons is Chris Martin, apparently.— Drew Troller (@werdtroll) March 10, 2015
Mumford and Sons new song isn't at all what I expected it to be... Interesting— Shannon Earaker (@ShannonEaraker) March 10, 2015
While I like the new Mumford single, I don't know if I can support a banjoless Mumford&Sons. #ivegotafeverandtheonlycureismorebanjo— Devlin McGuire (@devlinmcguire) March 10, 2015
excuse me mumford and sons you have seem to forgotten your banjo in your new song— brianna ? aguirre (@BriannaAguirre) March 10, 2015
Urm where are the banjos in Mumford & Sons' new song pls— emma bowes-colley (@crtius) March 10, 2015
I don't hate the new Mumford & Sons track, but I fully recognize it is not something I want on vinyl.— Emily Perper (@Emily_Perper) March 10, 2015
Mumford and Sons is back and doing their best Coldplay impression. Sounds good doe #MumfordandSons— LauristonJR (@othnice) March 10, 2015
I have really mixed feelings about Mumford & Sons new single, somewhere between it sounds good and it just does not sound like them at all— Luis Rodriguez (@LuisRod27) March 10, 2015
Just listened to the new Mumford and Sons song. It's... it's a joke right?— Dan (@dev_meltus) March 10, 2015
Mumford and Sons have evolved and finally found their own, unique, Coldplay sound.— Brian A. Ross (@BrianRosserous) March 10, 2015