'We've never not been writing,' Marcus Mumford says of the band's 'Babel' follow-up
On the strength of 2012's chart-topping "Babel," Mumford & Sons closed out Sunday night's Grammy Awards with a win for Album of the Year. But don't look for the band to take a vacation in 2013.
"We're in the middle of a tour now," Marcus Mumford told Billboard on the Grammys red carpet. "Our idea was to plant the Grammy weekend in the middle of a tour because that feels more real to us. Slightly regretting it in terms of tiredness levels."
The inexhaustible band played twice on Sunday night, on their own and as part of a tribute to Levon Helm, and their touring will continue this year with more solo dates and another round of "Gentleman of the Road" stopovers -- the band's series of mini-festivals, which this time will welcome Vampire Weekend, fun., Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes and Alabama Shakes.
"[We] tour as hard as hard as we can, first and foremost," keyboardist Ben Lovett said.
The group's dedication to the road means there's no rush for another album, though material for a "Babel" sequel is in the works.
"We've never not been writing," Mumford said. "But we haven't got an album together or anything."
With reporting by Keith Caulfield in Los Angeles.