Mumford & Sons hit the U.K. headlines Monday after revealing the band would be silenced for “the foreseeable future” to allow its members to take a break.
The British folk-rock group, which rescheduled North American shows after bass player Ted Dwane suffered a blood clot on the surface of his brain, said they are planning a long break.
Keyboard player Ben Lovett’s revelation to Rolling Stone made headlines on the BBC Website and across British newspapers.
“There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday’s (21 September) show,” Lovett told the U.S. music magazine. “It feels like the last week of school right now, before school holiday when you’re in high school.”
When asked how long the break could last, Lovett replied: “We have no idea. We just know we’re going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that.”
Mumford & Sons’ second studio album “Babel” was released in September last year, and they have been on the road ever since.
They headlined the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in June and have been touring North America throughout the summer.
“We’re just going to rest up,” added Lovett.
“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.”
Earlier this year, Dwane expressed a desire to take a little break.