On their 2015 album Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons dialed down the banjo and put out a more straightforward rock record, and depending on where your allegiances previously were in regards to the bluegrass-folk-rock heroes, this was either a terrific or cataclysmic shift. It wasn’t the first major change the band has made in their aesthetic, though, and it’s safe to say that their first incarnation wasn’t the best path to continue on: They were a boy band called Mumtown and Jimmy Kimmel was part of it.
On yesterday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel claimed that a documentary is being made about the group, and he shared a short clip to prove it. It seems impossible that as a culture, we all forgot about Mumtown: They were apparently HUGE in their day and drove adolescent girls into an absolute frenzy. Mumtown may not be a part of ’90s nostalgia, however, because it seems the guys aren’t too proud of that time of their lives.
Marcus Mumford dismissed the entire period by saying, “We were really young.” The other band members felt similarly, adding “Wow, that was a long time ago,” “Look, everyone has an awkward stage,” and “I’ve put it behind me, you know? I really don’t want to revisit it.”
It may not have seemed this way at the time, but when Kimmel couldn’t take it anymore and decided to leave the group, it was the best thing to happen to the rest of the crew. In fact, their career paths changed literally instantly: The second Kimmel left the room, they found a banjo, examined it like cavemen, and here we are now.
There’s only one thing from that era that we really wish would have stuck: Mumford calling himself “Marcy Marcus.”