When it comes to labels in the music industry, it would be best not to tell the boys of Mumford and Sons they are a “Christian rock band.”
One of the members of the group comes from a religious background and that, along with lyrics that some say have Christian themes, they have earned the unwanted label that they say, “pisses them off.”
"It’s funny. Bands from Coldplay to Kings Of Leon… everyone uses these words and it’s not preachy at all and it’s not even religious, they’re just musing," Ted Dwane told Q magazine. “They’re just exploring this massive thing that we’re all aware of.”
Winston Marshall, “It pisses me off. Just being thought of as a Christian is pretty annoying. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. But just being told you’re anything when you’re not.”
When it comes to music it seems unnecessary to mix religion into a genre anyway; Wiccan Bluegrass groups anyone? It just doesn’t make sense; music is music and should remain justly so.
Other famous bands that have been categorized based on the religion of one or more members are Lifehouse who have never wanted to be identified as a “Christian” band just because members of the group attend church. Evanescence is another band that was originally promoted as Christian and Kings of Leon and The Civil Wars also have religious ties but do not identify as “Christian” artists.
So before we jump to conclusions, I think it’s better to let the artists speak for themselves. And fans of Mumford, please don’t ask them to pray with you at concerts, they don’t like it, “My reaction is, ‘Thank you, but no thank you.’ And if I’m in a bad mood, ‘F**k off.’ No, I mean, it comes from a good place, y’know. But it’s just quite invasive.”
Separation from Church and Music!
But until then, check out the video for Mumford and Sons newest single, “Babel,” which doesn’t sound a bit Biblical.