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- Posted on Mar 15th 2013 12:45PM by Natasha Young
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Speaking to Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt, Lovett continued:
The Grammy-winning band understandably has a bone to pick with mainstream copycats the likes of Phillips, who perhaps haven't put in the same amount of painstaking work for their success. However, Mumford isn't the only band who has inspired the wave of copycats.
"The only thing that makes me a bit sad about it is that if people think that it's a good commercial move ... I think that's just stupid. Because it's not about the setup. It's about the songs, how we're expressing our songs with this kind of accidental selection of instruments. That's not like a formula to go and sell records. ... When we started it was quite fun doing what we were doing 'cause no one else was doing it. It was like our little secret."
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' song "Home" caught on like wildfire and helped bring a wave of acclaim to their 2010 debut Up from Below. The band's 10-odd members, all smiles, sing and shout together during their live performances. Enter the Lumineers, who have inexplicably achieved more commercial success, with their gratingly ubiquitous song "Ho Hey" on constant repeat everywhere from radio stations to coffee shops for months. You know the one.
With the lines between the mainstream and "indie" (if that's even a thing anymore) becoming increasingly blurred, this could be seen as a positive thing, giving more of a voice to the kinds of bands who don't have well-financed production teams behind them. Just look back on Bon Iver's infamous comments around the time of their Grammy win.
So, Mumford & Sons, you are not alone. We're certain that Phillip Phillips et al won't be the last of Top 40 imitations we'll see of our favorite true-blue musicians. Meanwhile, we'll keep on enjoying the real thing -- we still can't get enough of that Bonny Bear.