In 1965, after years of leading the American folk revival, Bob Dylan went electric for his fifth album. Fifty years later, after being at the forefront of a smaller folk movement, Mumford and Sons will do the same.
Mumford and Sons will release “Wilder Mind” on May 4, and Ben Lovett of the band says in the most recent issue of NME that “there are no banjos” on the album. Click here for the article, which includes the track listing and a statement from Marcus Mumford confirming that the new album will indeed be plugged in. You’ll also see a smattering of scheduled tour dates, where the band will no doubt be booed by folk purists, much in the way that Dylan was booed at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Here’s more from the band’s Facebook page.