Knights of Cydonia from Black Holes and Revelations (2006) has reached number 18 in the Australian radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 of all time poll.
Look in the dictionary under epic and youll likely find this, the No.1 song of triple js 2007 Hottest 100 countdown. Fusing everything from Matt Bellamys soaring falsetto, galloping drums, space-age guitar riffery (lines inspired by the work of Matts dad, and his band the Tornados) and synthesized trumpets, Knights of Cydonia is an end-of-the-world colossal saga with a live-or-die climax. Throw in a Spaghetti Western video with a post-apocalyptic bent and youre got one hell of a hit.
The closing track of their fourth studio LP, Knights of Cydonia was written in a French chateau, early recordings taking place in the same studio in which Pink Floyd laid down The Wall.
After its release, everything got bigger. Just before we go onstage, someone in the band will say, I cant do this, drummer Dominic Howard admitted to Robbie Buck backstage before of the trios mammoth shows.
Thats usually the moment where something takes over, and the nerves disappear, Matt agreed. Oh its addictive, of course it is. Ive not really dabbled in any hard drugs, but Im sure what I get from going onstage is, chemical-wise, probably up there.
Its why, added Dom, Weve been on tour for about 20 months!