Interview with Chris from Reading Festival Programme.
Many thanks go to Fiona for typing this up for us.
Four albums in and Devon trio Muse are enjoying their best year yet. Three years on from their last record, Absolution, the band recently returned with the stunning Black Holes and Revelations and received wide critical acclaim before the album crash landed at the Number One spot in the UK, most of Europe and Australia. It has since reached No 9 in the American album chart and been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Yet Muse are still taking it in their stride.
Were really excited to be back out playing live and were definitely pleased with the album bassist Chris Wolstenholme admits. Mainly just because we achieved what we wanted with it. The fact that everyone else likes it as well is really just a bonus
While still retaining the bands utter uniqueness, the new record weaves typical Muse topics like the apocalypse and their fascination with space with a new brighter and more inviting sound. Have Muse gone and made a pop record?
Its quite a drastic change, Chris agrees. We have touched on the pop thing a little bit in the past but we would always do the obvious thing and rock it up a little bit. This time, the pop influences arent always hidden by guitars. Theyre not always the main thing. While all our previous albums have always been influenced primarily by rock, this one has been influenced by older guitar music from the late 50s and early 60s. Weve never really gone down that road before.
At the same time, though, Muse still know how to rock live, and are looking forward to proving that when they headline the main stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival.
The festival is special to us because we went there as kids, Chris explains. Ive seen some legendary performances there over the years, like Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer, back when the band had just started. Wed look at those bands playing on stage and dream about doing it ourselves one day. Its performances like those that really inspired us and made us want to be in a band in the first place.
This year, Muse are hoping their performance will go a little more smoothly that their first performance in the New Bands tent at Reading, when Chriss train from Devon was delayed and they only had time to play three songs. In fact their planning something quite special
Song-wise, therell be something from all four albums I think, Chris predicts. Were even thinking about fireworks but who knows what well do? Maybe well all come out in Spiderman outfits. Stranger things have happened. It will be a good gig though, theres no doubt about that.
Chris is even hoping to go to the Reading site a day early and see as many bands as possible.
I might take the wife and kids up on a family day out, he says. Id like to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and I want to check out Artic Monkeys, The Streets and Dirty Pretty Things, who are all playing the same day as us.
For Muse, it already looks set to be a highlight in a year they thought couldnt get any better.
When we used to go to festivals ourselves, we thought it would be such a pleasure even to be the first band on in the New Bands tent, Chris remembers. To be headlining is a dream come true