Mumford And Sons Almost Arrested For People Trafficking
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.11.2012
A bizarre situation...
The Sunday Times (via NME) reports that Mumford and Sons were almost arrested by the US Border Patrol after they were accused of trafficking illegal immigrants into the country.
The band had been touring the US on a vintage train with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and the Old Crow Medicine Show as part of the 'Big Easy Express' tour. They were stopped by police in Texas who thought they were using the train to get people over the Mexican border.
Bassist Ted Dwane said: "In Marfa, Texas, we were pulled over by police waiting for us with cars across the track. They accused us of stowing people away on the train. It was edgy, but the gig eventually went ahead. We swelled the town about fivefold and ended up playing soccer with the police."
They will release their new album Babel on September 25. It is a follow-up to their debut Sigh No More and was produced by Markus Davis (Arcade Fire, Coldplay), who worked with them on the last album. The band recently said of the album: "As a band, we've never been closer or more collaborative, all working to our strengths. And so we feel that this record is a natural progression that we're proud of, and we cannot wait to take it out on the road."
They will also headline the iTunes Festival at London's Roundhouse on September 24.