Mumford and Sons are the musical equivalent of a trip to the local farmers market and a homemade Cornish pasty.
They’re the kind of guys that you could bring home to meet your parents and not have to worry about them blowing their nose on the tablecloth or hitting on your sister. They’d always hold your coat out for you and probably have an encyclopedic knowledge of the best places to buy organic Fairtrade coffee to compliment your responsibly sourced Tibetan salmon panini.
It’s not really that surprising that they have no idea about strip club etiquette.
So it’s a regular Tuesday night, like any other for a world famous folk rock band – They had just finished performing at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, and needed to blow off some steam in the form of…well, more singing.
They visited a local strip club named the Clermont Lounge for ‘karaoke night’ – like anyone believes that for a second – and band member Ben Lovett decided to put on a free show for the lucky patrons.
According to fellow patrons, Mumford and Sons and their ironic beards committed the cardinal sin of pulling out their camera phones to film his performance, because where else are they going to get footage of him singing? In case you were wondering what the big deal is about phones in a strip club, it’s pretty much akin to the ‘No touching’ rule. If a regular schmuck tried it, a burly bouncer would break both their arms and sling them out in to the street.
Mumford and company were scolded by the DJ several times and reportedly refused to stop recording, with Ben even accusing the DJ of ‘ruining his song’. I’m sure the banjo he was inevitably holding had nothing to do with it. They were all eventually kicked out of the club and forced to find their naked ladies and karaoke elsewhere.
That’s pretty rock and roll for a bunch of people in corduroy suits.