The Wedding Band’s (Mumford and Sons) The First Dance EP

Mumford and Sons become The Wedding Band for their latest EP. (Photo courtesy of

First things first: we’ve never featured them before, but Mumford and Sons are something special, and it’s not just the banjo-lover in me that’s talking. A band that channels both Arcade Fire and Old Crow Medicine Show, M&S take folk-rock and turn it expansive, take epic songs and throw in moments of delicate almost-silence that force you to take notice—or would, if you weren’t already on the edge of your seat.

The band, now in the midst of a UK tour, has been throwing a surprise at audiences: a four-track EP under the name of their alter ego, The Wedding Band. The First Dance comes with the purchase of a ticket to the show, but if you’re stuck on this side of the pond, some of it is also available right here.

“Thumper” lays down a few phrases of nearly a capella chorals, then sways its way through to an up-tempo, fiddle-driven jaunt. Then, in “I Take Your Hand,” the band wheels back to earlier days with a marching-band-esque track peppered with some downright saucy brass solos.

“Susie” plays out as a slow waltz, showcasing Marcus Mumford’s gritty vocals with a background of dixie-style trumpets. And closing out the quartet of songs is an OCMS-style hoedown at finger-breaking speed, “She Said Yes.” And we said yes, too.

The Wedding Band – Susie (download)

The Wedding Band – She Said Yes (download)

4 responses to “The Wedding Band’s (Mumford and Sons) The First Dance EP

  1. Hi! I came across your blog a month or so ago on hype machine and I really like all the music you post. THANK YOU for this post about Mumford! They have been one of my favorite bands for over a year since I first heard them, and I can’t believe I am just now hearing about their “other band” The Wedding Band. But I love these songs! Any chance you can tell me where I can buy/download The Wedding Band’s other songs? Thanks!

    • Hey Michelle,
      Thanks for your support!

      As I understand it, I don’t think The Wedding Band is another band, it’s just a pseudonym that Mumford used for this album. More information here: The EP came only with a purchase of a ticket at certain gigs, so I’m not exactly sure where you can purchase the individual album. We’ll keep you posted if it goes on sale!

  2. You can buy it on vinyl right now off their website

  3. Does anyone know where I can find The Wedding Band CD? I have looked everywhere and I can’t find it. I’m more of a CD person.

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