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- Posted on Apr 17th 2011 7:00PM by Charley Rogulewski
"This is amazing!" frontman Marcus Mumford told the Coachella 2011 audience. "This is by far the biggest gig we've ever done as a band." But more importantly than bypassing daytime Coachella timeslots with their immediate monumental success, the four British folk musicians have brought bluegrass music to the forefront of a music industry saturated with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga hits.
Now, how so many people in so little time have fallen in love with Mumford and Sons and their roots music might have a little to do with love itself. Everyone has struggled with a broken heart and Mumford and Sons' songs usually start with one. But each broken heart gets pieced back together with the volcanic eruptions of their assumingly nonthreatening instruments -- stand up bass, banjo, acoustic guitars.
"How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes/ I struggle to find any truth in your lies/ And now my heart stumbles on things I don't know/ This weakness I feel I must finally show," frontman Marcus Mumford sang on 'Awake My Soul,' the second song of their Coachella set. By the time the song reached its cathartic chorus -- where all four members harmonize on the repeated 'Awake My Soul' lyric, and the part of the song where your heart gets pieced back together again -- a full blown rock 'n' roll show with strobing lights was going off behind them.
In addition to their radio hit 'Little Lion Man,' the waltzy 'Winter Winds' and darker 'Thistle & Weed' that was fitting under the full moon shining above, Mumford and Sons played two new songs: 'Lover of the Light' and 'Lover's Eyes,' the latter on which Mumford sings about being bewitched by a kiss. But they still ended things with their most popular tune, 'The Cave,' that left no one standing, but dancing like mad people under the spell of the full moon.
"We know this is a big deal in American ... in California-re," Mumford told the Coachella audience with his thick British accent at the end of their all too short Coachella set. "We're really blown away."