Alex Ebert’s collective will switch to the Gentlemen of the Road imprint for the UK and European release of their self-titled third album, due out on August 26, having been with Rough Trade for their previous two records.
Mumford & Sons said on their website: “You may have heard by now that we really like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. In fact, we love them so much that we heard their new record, went mental, and begged them to let us release said album* on our own record label, Gentlemen of the Road. This will be the first non-Mumford & Sons release that we’ve ever done, and there’s no better way to kick things off than with this magical record, which we think will be dearly loved for a long time, not just by us, but by lots of people.
“So we wanted you to hear this from us. Listen to Better Days. You’ll have a better day. And listen to Life Is Hard, because you’ll never celebrate life’s complications with more joy or abandon. And listen to If I Were Free for a real journey. They’re just amazing songs, by an amazing band, and we’re really excited.”
The two bands have formed strong links having toured the States together and they appeared on the same bill in Lewes over the weekend.