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Why is it that Mumford and Sons are so disliked on here? They're not exactly mindblowingly good or anything, but they're decent/harmless enough, and certainly prfererable to 99% of most radio playlists out there, yet they're treated with disdain on these boards. Is it ridiculous snobbery on your collective parts*, or are they evil or somehting? They're not *that* different to the likes of Beirut (and with arguably better vocals), and were it Zach Condon's lot, you wouldn't be able to move for spaff round here.
Explain, you snobby fuckwits.
*i think it's this.
But also everything else about them that I absolutely hate.
I think I've heard one Beirut song, once, maybe 4 years ago.
Can't remember either.
Is that snobby enough for you?
I see, prefer their earlier stuff do we. Snob.
Are they even still going?
They sound absolutely nothing like Beirut
they're really not hugely different. YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN.
Mumford & Son's aren't exactly known for their Balkan Folk influence, are they?
multiple harmonies? check
liberal use of brass instruments? check
'folky' vibe? check
I didn't say they were identical, but the similarities are pretty clear imo.
I see what you're saying, but although they may use the similar instruments it doesn't change the fact that they don't sound alike.
FYI - I'm not a fan of Beirut.
...he means banjo.
I may have meant mandolin or violin/both
like they're folk-lite. Which is still miles better than Kesha, natch, but I don't really like it when they're presented (as they are at times) as properly "rootsy" and heartfelt.
That said, I loved them when I saw them support the Maccabees just before they started to get successful. Difficult to tell then whether I'm just against them being popular, whether they're significantly better live than on album or whether they just don't have much longevity - nice initially but it fades pretty fast.
Most radio playlists are 99% better than Mumford And Sons
You're the snob.
"If that's the best we can muster, the feeling is that the industry really is broken" http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/feb/14/radiohead-king-limbs
but I don't get why loads of cunts on here slag off Mumford & co yet love Emmy the fucking Great, who is possibly even more nauseating than those waistcoated faux-folk twats.
In fact I wish everyone on this handy folk family tree my friend made should disappear.
Except Laura Marling obviously. And maybe Mystery Jets. They're ok.
exempt him plz
I personally despise Marling, and Mystery Jets are bone afide cunts, bordering on hipster self parody (did you ever read the singers girlfriends blog? christ...), but they have made a couple of lovely pop records.
i meant bona fide!!
Mainly the waiscoats though.
I live in Newcastle and at one of the unis we have a pretty popular folk music degree, and all the folk kids wear posh farmer stuff. And hopefully get the shit kicked out of them. And then join Bellowhead, and consequently lose at life.
Though by 'style' I meant both clothes and music. They're like a folk parody band.
it's just shitty, strummy indie pop, the whole faux-folk thing is just a way to sell it.
I dont remember Joni Mitchell's songs being a load of dull indie strumming with a bit of banjo put every now and then.
I've only heard like 2 songs..... and didn't really like em. It was the first name that came to mind.
mumford are one of the worst bands of all time. i'd rather listen to this than mumford - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuMplSNLBdY
They're like Coldplay to Beirut's Radiohead.
(nb. Not actually comparing Beirut to Radiohead, only for the purpose of this analogy.)
It's all starting to fall into place.
but the album doesn't hold up.
Literally every song has a crap line about "my heart" and the same (swell) "Woo-oh" chorus.
And that "Learn from your mother... biting your own neck" lyric massively grates.
Mumford & Sons would have to make some nice food.
I'm a Blue Harbour label queen these days.
i've a feeling they'd be all over your ears like waxy spunk.
reckon it'd still be a case of a couple of good songs on a weak album
i'd argue there's more than a couple, but still, your acknowledgement in this regard is rare. I'd change usernames if i was you...maybe i am you.
and I think the issue is all the songs sound the same, so once you've got your two or three favourites the rest are kinda redundant
Can you imagine a radiohead/mumford collaboration? This place would eat itself. It's be amazing.
Have a lie down, you'll be all right.
more like 'decidedly average'.
If we stop talking about them, maybe they'll disappear.
I quite like it when people like this 'come on here' and make people like you look like fools.
The Beatles? Pah, populist rubbish.
The Kinks? Common as muck
Blur? Went to the dogs after Leisure
Arctic Monkeys? I'll go ape-shit if I hear them again.
Manic Street Preachers? 59,999 other people around me? Sounds like a Nazi junta to me.
Pulp are headlining? Nah, never really liked em.
The Stones Roses? Yeah, I like the one no-ones heard of. The Second Coming.
Nirvana? Nah, should've stuck to Led Zep covers.
New Order? I really li.... How many records did they sell? Yeah, they were shite after Movement, but got it back for Waiting For The Sirens Call.
i would be fucking glad to not have heard of them
I love loads of indie folk but I fucking hated them, having gone into in with no preconceptions. No one is being pretentious, they are shit.
C H E E R S
...that the Sons are just waiting for Old Man Mumford to kick off so they can sink their inheritance into stacks of vintage synths and make a hardcore aggrotech album.
Surely acts with so much popularity are fair game for a little criticism? Plus, the majority of their fans won't give a damn what Dis boarders think.
A lot of acts in the emerging British "folk" scene seem to have a false aesthetic That's my biggest beef
I like them, so it must be because you're snobs. That can be the only reason.
Anyone who disagrees is a geek / snob who pretends to like cool music to impress other internet losers.
Come on tim let's go annoy social.