Mumford & Sons – “Hopeless Wanderer” Video

By Tom Breihan / August 5, 2013

British banjo-folk pastiche-kings Mumford & Sons are more famous than a motherfucker, so they don’t have to care whether you like them or not. (I do like them, though.) And yet, they’ve pulled at least a couple of moves that seem directed toward making you, Stereogum reader, like them at least a little bit, including the repeated casting of people you already like in their music videos. First, there was Idris Elba in “Lover Of The Light.” And now comes the “Hopeless Wanderer” video, which features an all-star cast of famous comedy bros — Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, noted bluegrass aficionado Ed Helms — all doing their best Mumford impressions and making what might be the most Mumford video of all-time. The video stays pretty straight-faced most of the way, which only serves to further skewer the band’s deathlessly sincere old-timey pose. And honestly, isn’t it a little bit brave for a band to hire famous people to make their whole thing look stupid in their own music video? I think it is. Either way, whether you enjoy liking or detesting this band, it’s a fun video. Forte’s fake scraggle-beard is obviously amazing, but don’t sleep on Sudeikis’s fake earrings. Sam Jones directs; watch it below.

Mumford’s new album Babel is out now on Island/Glassnote.