Think of their tour like their breakout success on the music scene: It’s piercing like an arrow.
This time, when British rock band Mumford & Sons plays the Xcel Energy Center on April 21 (courtesy of JAM and First Avenue), that arrow will go straight through America’s heartland (which also happens to be the name of their latest tour).
When Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane hit the music scene in 2007, their unique blend of folk and rock caught everyone’s eyes, or ears more properly, and a string of hit albums (“Sigh No More,” “Babel,” and “Wilder Mind”) cemented their “best” status. By 2011, they’d received six Grammy Award nominations — by the time “Babel” hit the stands, it finally scored them a Grammy win for album of the year — and by 2013, they’d been voted best British group.
As their first album indicates, Mumford & Sons won’t shirk from Shakespearean allusions; their alternate sound is something that also takes a lot of time, which the band seems committed to giving themselves, even at the expense of touring.
But, like their hit song, fans have made their collective sentiment clear: “I Will Wait.”
The waiting’s over. Mumford & Sons are back, and that’s good news for ardent admirers of a group who, though very different from album to album, make their departures always seem so organic, laced with artistic icing, and ultimately downright entertaining.
It’s a complicated formula to pin down, but lest anyone doubt Mumford & Sons have figured it out, keep at least one thing in mind: It wasn’t that long ago when the group had the fastest-selling album (2012’s “Babel”) in the United Kingdom. It sold 158,000 copies in its first week of release.
If that makes you smile, think of the band. They’re smiling all the way to the bank.
Isn’t it nice when everyone can smile together?
If you go
What: Mumford & Sons with Blake Mills
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Where: The Theater at Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
On the web: first-avenue.com/event/2016/04/mumfordandsons