• Is Mumford & Sons the ‘most important band for the church’ since U2?

    Is Mumford & Sons the ‘most important band for the church’ since U2? That’s what Jason Byassee suggests in a recent blog post over at The Christian Century. This sort of thing is impossible to judge of course, but I know of one fellow faculty member who would hate for U2 to lose that title. I’ll leave you to guess who that is. Byassee’s post is interesting, and Mumford & Sons is certainly a band worth exploring (if you haven’t already). Their song lyrics are laced with spiritual and theological themes (as well as what some church types might consider profanity). The video Byassee includes in his post is quite something: ‘I Will Wait’ performed at Red Rocks. The fact that the video is actually quite simple demonstrates of the emotional power of the music itself. It’s also symptomatic of a welcome turn to roots music at the popular level in North America. Who would have thought that we’d see popular bands playing to huge crowds while hammering away on banjos and other traditional acoustic instruments like they were still punk musicians? There are few other bands get my family dancing in the kitchen like this import from the UK. (maybe the Avett Brothers)