By Zachary Swickey
As we anxiously await Mumford & Sons’ upcoming sophomore record Babel, the band have been vagabonds on the road overseas, premiering new material from the effort. Last night (August 1), the band returned stateside to conduct their very first New Jersey performance and made it one to remember by debuting even more tunes.
The band kicked off the U.S. leg of their tour at Hoboken’s vast Pier a Park, where they showcased some select new tracks. The band managed to perform nearly all of their Grammy-nominated debut Sigh No More in addition to playing various covers and five songs off Babel, which is expected to drop on September 25.
“I Will Wait” (Track 3 off Babel):
The performance marked Mumford & Sons’ first gig around the New York market in nearly two years. They made it up to fans by conducting a three-song encore that was prefaced with a brass rendition of “New York, New York.” Fireworks were even set off over the Hudson after the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer.”
The band tried to play just one more song before getting axed by personnel, who wanted to make sure the show ended by the Pier’s 10:00 p.m. curfew. “We’re gonna be back as soon as we can, we promise!” frontman Marcus Mumford told the crowd.