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Mumford and Sons talk about Philip Phillips’ similar sound

March 15th, 2013

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In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mumford and Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett confesses that confusion was his reaction to hearing Philip Phillips’s song, Home, for the first time. “I was like, ‘What’s that? Did we do that?’” said Lovett about the American Idol winner’s first single, which sounds eerily like it belongs to the Mumford and Sons catalogue.

This interview is part of the current issue of Rolling Stone, with the band gracing the cover under the title, “Nice Guys Finish First.” Lead singer Marcus Mumford thinks it’s strange when people assume that Philip Phillips is imitating their music. “When we started it was quite fun doing what we were doing, cause no one else was doing it,” said Mumford. “It was our little secret.”

Lovett also shared his thoughts on the current trend of acoustic rock entering the mainstream, with bands like theirs and The Lumineers, leading the way. He finds it upsetting when people assume it’s a good commercial move. “It’s about the songs, how we’re expressing out songs with this kind of accidental selection of instruments,” said Lovett. “That’s not like a formula to go and sell records.”

Home certainly sounds like it could be a Mumford and Sons song, but it could also be from any other folk rock artist or band. Phillips could have easily released a generic rock song as his first single, in order to ensure high sales on the Billboard charts. Instead, Phillips took a risk by staying true to his independent style and for that, who can blame him?

What do you think of the comparisons between Philip Phillips and Mumford and Sons? Are people just quick to judge since Phillips came from a reality show?


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