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Mumford & Sons Perform New Song On 'SNL'

04/13/2015
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(Radio.com) Mumford & Sons have already premiered their new banjo-less sound via the release of two singles, but aside from a handful of secret shows-all of which had strict no video policies, so it's not like footage has been released-the general public hadn't received the chance to see the new direction live and plugged in.

All that changed Saturday night (April 11) with Mumford's most recent trip to Saturday Night Live, performing two new songs from new album Wilder Mind. And if you're here trying to figure out what happened to the kick drum? You should probably get used to that drummer, that electric guitar and probably Winston Marshall's flowing locks of hair.

The band kicked things off with "The Wolf," their newly released single debuted earlier this week. Make no mistake: though the song begins with and maintains a frenetic energy whereas many earlier Mumford tracks follow more of a crescendo, frontman Marcus Mumford ramped up his vocal by song's end, really going for it on the final chorus, his voice straining, visibly out of breath as they went to commercial break.

They followed with "Believe," which lacked the pulse of its predecessor but again showed off stadium-ready guitar, while Mumford presented a rare scene: a guitar-less frontman, Mumford handing off his electric toward the end to straddle the microphone, for once lacking an instrument. All kinds of changes tonight, for real. Watch the videos here.

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