Having proven too tempting last week for Frank Ocean, producers seem to have removed all those cool vintage video games from the Saturday Night Live sound stage. And so instead, in line together at the front of the stage, Mumford & Sons played their performance without any of the skit show’s gimmick and earnest like they’re wont to be. They galloped first through a brass-backed version of “I Will Wait,” and then they returned for “Below My Feet,” something new off of their long awaited sophomore album Babel, which is out tomorrow. Mumford frontman Marcus mostly led the later, looking tired but dapper in his neck-tie and suit vest combo, playing his guitar and the kick drum simultaneously as he wailed along: “Let me learn from where I’ve been, keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn.” Those tuned-in who weren’t already on board with Mumfordmania were surely won over.
Elsewhere during the evening, they hit the stage incognito as a Beatles cover band called Hey Dude for a sketch set in a London pub, during which they downed beers, joked about Jerry Sandusky and led a “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” sing-a-long. The skit perhaps explains their appearance on Live At Letterman the evening prior, during which they hyped themselves as “the poor man’s version of the Beatles,” a humble brag if ever there was one.
“Below My Feet”