They might be one of the headliners at this year's Splendour In The Grass, but not everyone is so keen on Mumford & Sons.
LIAM GALLAGHER: “EVERYONE LOOKS LIKE THEY'VE GOT FUCKING NITS AND EAT LENTIL SOUP WITH THEIR SLEEVES ROLLED UP.”
The former Oasis, now Beady Eye, frontman has had plenty to say about the group since their rise to fame and it has been pretty much legendarily cutting each and every time.
He told Q Magazine "Everyone looks like they've got fucking nits and eat lentil soup with their sleeves rolled up. They all look like they live on the heath. Maybe that's where they record.
“Everyone's fucking Don McLean — far too many acoustic guitars, no style," he continued. "They look like they shop at Oxfam. I wouldn't put any posters up of any band if I was a 16-year-old lad. There's none of that sitting down on fucking stools for me, sweetheart."
“They look like fucking Amish people. You know, them ones with the big sideys that don’t use electricity? Growing their own food and putting barns up... I need music to be a bit more sexy and played by people who look a bit fucking dangerous.”
MARK E. SMITH: “I JUST THOUGHT THEY WERE A LOAD OF RETARDED IRISH FOLK SINGERS.”
The Fall frontman is about as cantankerous as they come and he’s far from happy with the direction in which music is heading.
“The occasions I go to award shows, they're just a bunch of shits. You sit next to The Killers, and it's like, am I on the wrong fucking train here? No, really. Talking about shares and stuff. Mumford and Sons, it's like sitting next to Ernst and Young.”
Speaking with Sydney street press magazine Brag, he admitted he threw a bottle at the band on one occasion.
"We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week. There was this other group, like, warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible. I said, 'Shut them cunts up!' And they were still warming up, so I threw a bottle at them. The bands said, 'That's the Sons of Mumford' or something. 'They're number five in charts!' I just thought they were a load of retarded Irish folk singers."
FRIGHTENED RABBIT: "I FUCKING HATE THAT BAND"
“I fucking hate that band and don't want to be associated with them. I thought the first record did something that I appreciated, but with the second they were just shovelling the same shit.”
ALICE COOPER: "IT'S AN OFFENCE TO ROCK 'N' ROLL."
He told Fuse recently that he’s not into the bands such as Mumford and The Lumineers who are considered to be rock’n’roll acts. It’s a fair call from someone like Alice Cooper who took rock’n’roll to its most extreme back in the day.
"Mumford And Sons are great at what they do. But it's not rock 'n' roll. Don't call it rock 'n' roll. It's an offence to rock 'n' roll.
"I get they want to be folk rock, and I guess they want to look like everybody else," he continued. "I'm old school when it comes to if you're in a band, you're an outlaw. You don't play by those rules, you're a rock 'n' roll outlaw. It doesn't mean you have to be on drugs,, but when you get onstage you don't play the guitar up here, and it's not an acoustic guitar. You play the guitar down here. It doesn't come from your brain, it comes from your guts. It comes from your groin. It's sexual. It's tribal."
JAKE BUGG: "THEY JUST LOOK LIKE POSH FARMERS WITH BANJOS"
Fellow Splendour artist Jake Bugg took Gallagher’s lead and pounced on the band’s image, but this young artist said it to The Guardian in relation to his working class background.
“They just look like posh farmers with banjos to me … but I don't have anything against anyone's background.”
Mumford & Sons headline Splendour In The Grass on Friday night.