A film of Mumford And Sons recent Chicago show has reared its beautiful head on the internet, keeping fans contently tided over until the eagerly awaited release of Babel on September 24th. Playing alongside US folk rock band, Dawes, ‘With a little help from my friends’ is an absolute treat for the ears. It manages to sound like a Mumford And Sons song without removing any of The Beatles magic (these boys are not heretics). Though you won’t find any twang-y banjo or violin arrangements in this track, it is refreshing to see these guys break their mould and prove their capabilities in other areas. That said, the atmospheric drumming is so very Mumford, and it wouldn’t be right if they hadn’t squeezed a harmonica in there somewhere.
Dawes, who were supporting Mumford And Sons in Chicago, also prove to be worth their salt. As another band with a penchant for scarecrow hair and waistcoats, a first glance at the fan shot footage may create the impression that Mumford and Sons have extended to a twelve-strong, folk super-group. Seriously though, these two bands collaborate perfectly. Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith’s slightly comic falsetto on the chorus also proves that you needn’t always take yourself too seriously to be a good musician. Not only are Mumford And Sons and Dawes making sweet, sweet music, everyone in the venue is going crazy and it looks like a total party. Every other Mumford fan on the planet is feeling pretty jealous right now; Babel really couldn’t be released soon enough.
By Melissa Taylor
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