Sunday, January 16th, 2011
Mumford & Sons cover White Lies
Triple JWhite Lies aren’t big on nuance. The British trio like to serve up their gloomy, angst-rock like a 2×4 to the head thanks to Harry McVeigh’s big baritone and rather ham-fisted lyrical approach. It can be a bit much to take for anyone whose wardrobe isn’t made up completely of black apparel – we just don’t understand, I suppose – but it’s clearly worked for them, their 2009 self-titled debut topping the UK charts and the follow-up Ritual, due out this week, probably set to do something about the same.
So credit to Mumford & Sons, themselves big stars both in the UK and abroad after just one record, for being able to take one of White Lies’ tunes, as the did in session for Australian radio state Triple J last Summer, and rein it in a bit. But only a bit, as Marcus Mumford’s vocal approach isn’t exactly a textbook study in subtle – folk-angst or goth-angst, take your pick.
Spinner has an interview with White Lies, who will stage a short North American tour next week, wrapping at the Mod Club in Toronto on January 29. By rights, Mumford & Sons should be resting up after a 2010 marked by relentless touring and working on a second record, but they’ll be picking up at least some trans-Atlantic frequent flier points in 2011 as they’re confirmed to play the Wakarusa festival in Arkansas in June. And as long as they’re over here…