The reigning Grammy winners for Album of the Year announced an indefinite hiatus Saturday, and the Internet is reacting with its typical grace in these somber times by crying, welping and heaving now that the band is gone.
Last night's show in Bonner Springs, Kansas will be Mumford & Sons' last for a long while, keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone's Patrick Doyle earlier this week. (The magazine broke the news Saturday morning.) "There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday’s show," Lovett said. Marcus Mumford and his merry band of strumming gentlemen are tired and need a break. "We’re just going to rest up," Lovett said. "I don’t think we’ve had actually much time in the process to be with other people and living a life outside of the band. I think that’s what’s in place at the moment, to do very little – especially when it comes to Mumford & Sons." The band has been touring non-stop since 2009's Sigh No More, their first album, all the way through the release of Babel, their Grammy award winning second album, in June 2012. There was a brief respite while bassist Ted Dwane had emergency surgery to have a blood clot removed from his brain, but that's it.
The eulogies started pouring in shortly after the report said. People seem really broken up over the best band working today taking some time off:
10+ “there is a god” comments. 5+ “war against hipster” comments. 1 “ugh this is just like Fall Out Boy” comment. http://t.co/ntGJk9oIpm— PropertyOfZack (@PropertyOfZack) September 21, 2013
Hopefully this hiatus lasts forever http://t.co/hKRvRJ7lz9— Thom Yorke Kane (@Amethystial) September 21, 2013
Mumford and Sons announce hiatus. This is truly a great day for all mankind!— Andrew Woods (@JimJarmuschHair) September 21, 2013
Mumford and Sons is going on a hiatus. Thousands of white girls are dropping their white chocolate mocha's, tea's and vanilla latte's.— Benji Hansen (@HenjiBansen) September 21, 2013
mumford & sons have announced a hiatus... I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY YOU FUCKING HATERS— Caitlin White (@harmonicait) September 21, 2013
we did it guys we hated mumford & sons into nonexistence— drewke (@drewmillard) September 21, 2013
lol sorry for sending Mumford & Sons into a hiatus guys. http://t.co/C8PJsBBlxY— Eric J. Sundermann (@ericsundy) September 21, 2013
MUMFORD AND SONS ARE CALLING IT A DAY! REJOICE CHILDREN, REJOICE!— Oliver Butler (@notoliverbutler) September 21, 2013
Does this mean we're not getting that rap album? That sounded like a train wreck, sure, but at least it was interesting.
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