Marcus Mumford regrets calling his band Mumford and Sons because he thinks the name is "rubbish".
The singer formed the band in 2007 with Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane, and Winston Marshall. He admits they never gave the name much thought when they started out and now they've come too far to change it.
"I regret our band name. Its rubbish. It's a rubbish name," he told Britain's Radio X host Chris Moyles. "You never really think about it when you're in the pub, you've done your first rehearsal, you've written your first song and someone's like: 'you need a band name now'.
"And we're all young guns and didn't really think about it very much... And then of course your band name precedes you and you're sat in a room answering questions like this."
The 29-year-old, who is married to actress Carey Mulligan, previously told NME magazine the band name was a "ball ache" and if he knew how successful the group would become, he would never have included his surname in the title. He added they had discussed changing it but it's too late.
The band used to receive ridicule over the name because the "and Sons" part made it seems like Marcus was the father of his bandmates. Ben came up with the idea because he thought it would invoke the idea of a "family business name".
Marcus appeared on the radio show on Thursday (15Dec16) to promote the Mumford and Sons' Christmas Party on 22 December (16). The charity event, which raises money for War Child, will take place at Omeara, the new live music venue set up by Ben in London. Former Keane singer Tom Chaplin will support their hour-long set.