It cannot be denied that my dear Mumford & Sons have moved into the mainstream. Long gone are the days of obscurity with over 1 million copies of Sigh No More sold, and numerous awards under their belts, including the ARIA for Most Popular International Artist. Don’t get me wrong, I nearly jumped out of my skin when I first heard “Little Lion Man” on Austin’s KSGR radio back in the Spring of 2010, and I’m not one to turn my back on an artist just because they’ve been adopted by Starbucks (well, most of the time). All of this, it seems, is not lost on the Mumford boys, who have made a concerted effort to retain their indie cred by slipping in covers of contemporary indie bands, like Vampire Weekend’s “Cousins”. Today I give you their cover of the song “England” by one of my absolute favorite groups, The National, (Remember this video? Pure awesome.).
What the cover loses without Matt Berninger’s baritone, it makes up for with a signature Mumford & Son’s foot-stomping guitar/banjo interlude.
If you like, you can compare it to the original:
Featured image via Mumford & Sons.