Sadly, just when it seemed Mumford & Sons couldn't get any bigger—and the world was obsessively chomping at the bit for a third LP, the folk-rock gods announced a hiatus.
Yesterday marked the last date on the books for Mumford's mega tour supporting their second LP, Babel.
The band revealed to Rolling Stone that the Bonner Springs, Kansas show would be their last for some time. Keyboardist, Ben Lovett, told the mag:
"There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday’s show."
This should come as quite the shock to fans—and the music community as a whole—considering Mumford & Sons managed to snag the Grammy for Album of the Year just this past February.
But in addition to great success, this year was also marred by bassist Ted Dwane's serious health scare: In late June he underwent brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
The surgery also led to the cancellation of three headlining shows in June. So, 2013 has not been all sunshine and roses and Grammys for the boys.
If you're wondering just how long the boys are planning to be musically MIA, Lovett simply said:
"We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that.
"It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school. The atmosphere on the road is one of . . . I think everyone’s excited about being free of schedules."
Everyone except the rest of the world at large, guys! Come back soon Mumfords!