29 July 2010
Who'd have thought on a rainy Melbourne night you would find a bunch of indie kids at The Palace Theatre screaming "yeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaa" at the top of their lungs. Boot scootin' doting fans greeted Mumford and Sons as they took the stage on the first stop of their second Australian tour. Opening with "Sigh No More" the four English boys had the ladies swooning and the boys stomping their feet by the end of the first verse.
A solid mix of beautifully crafted ballads and euphoric bluegrass anthems sat easily alongside the number one song of 2009, Little Lion Man, which made an early appearance triggering the most deafening and heartfelt sing-a-long of the night. Lead singer Marcus Mumford multitasked like a pro, managing to play the bass drum with his foot while singing at the top of his lungs and showing his guitar whose boss.
Busting out their hybrid mix of country, bluegrass and rock, Mumford and Sons broad appeal is not only in their explosive live shows but the stripped back beauty of songs like "I Gave You All" which note to self, would make the best break up song ever.
Following this he also gave the audience a quick psychology lesson saying, "you all seem like you're in the euphoric state you enter when you finally get over jet lag". Ummm thanks?
'The Cave' closed out proceedings, causing the audience to go crazy and The Palace to shake on its foundations.
Even though they are four city slickers, those Mumford Boys sure do have country hearts of gold, not to mention the best excuse to play trumpet, accordion, banjo, drums, guitars and a tuba all at once.