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The remaining reviews for the albums will be released later - Sorry they are late, I've had a week that has been as hectic as the sun!

Tom Wilson / Lara Helen
Interview with Chris Wolstenholme of Muse
Tom Wilson & Lara Mathews
15-06-2006


[Tom] Hi, Itís Tom here.
[Chris] Heya, how are you doing?
[Tom] Iím not bad thanks, how are you?
[Chris] Yeah, pretty good.
[Tom] Excellent. Iíve got a friend here whoís helping with the interview, so this is Lara.
[Lara] Hi.
[Tom] So, what have you been up to recently?
[Chris] Weíve been doing a load of TV this week, in London for two weeks, doing Jonathon Ross today, T4 yesterday, and doing Top of the Pops as well. I think [Jonathon Ross] is going to be quite cool; apparently Peter Kaye and Vic Reeves are on. John Malkovich is on as well.
[Tom] Are you going to be interviewed by him or just playing?
[Chris] Just playing, really. Last time we did it he asked us some questions but this time thereís just the performance, which is a bit of a pain in the arse because of the football gameÖ
[Lara] Watching the World Cup at all?
[Chris] Yeah, Iíve watched most of it, actually. I think weíve got to try and squeeze in the game between the sound check and the performance tonight, but I have been watching most of the games.
[Lara] Do you think we have any chance of winning whatsoever?
[Chris] I dunno, not judging by that first game.
[Tom] That was pretty shocking. What do you think of your song ďInvincibleĒ being used as a footy anthem? Quite a few fans on the board have said theyíre using it to sing along to at home when itís the World Cup.
[Chris] Itís quite funny, that. Itís kinda got that vibe. I donít think weíd ever go for the official World Cup song or anything like that, I mean, itís a sure-fire way to end your career, isnít it?
[Tom] Youíve been working on the album for well over a year now. Are you pleased with the results?
[Chris] Yes, totally. I think itís the first time weíve been spending that much time working on an album. All the ones weíve done in the past have taken about three or four months, and Origin of Symmetry was the quickest weíve ever done an album.
[Tom] Really?
[Chris] Yes, we pretty much wrote it out and recorded it in about two months. I think it was trickier back then. We kind of recorded in-between tours, so we came off tour, and weíd have about four or five daysí rehearsal. We already had a bunch of songs like New Born which had been written on the road, but the rest of the album we had put together in about four days, and went in the studio, recorded it, and then we were back out on tour again. It was a bit of a rush. I think this time around we thought it was really important to spend a bit more time on it and make sure that it was right. You can look back on previous albums and you can feel that you madeÖ not mistakes, but you look at songs that got left out and you think that maybe they should have been on the album. I think you can only really make those decisions when youíve had a chance to live with the album for a while, and that it something we did this time. We didnít feel like we had to keep running off straight after we finished it.
[Tom] Well, itís sounding brilliant.
[Chris] Have you got the mono version, or have you got the stereo version yet?
[Tom] We have the stereo version.
[Chris] Ah right. I heard the version that was out just on mono.
[Tom] I think the original leak was out in mono, but someone just sent me the stereo versionÖ
[Lara] What do you think was the hardest song on the album to record?
[Chris] I think it was Starlight. It seems like a strange one, because itís quite a simple song, but I think that was one of the songs we went around in circles with, and we recorded maybe six or seven different versions of it. It was difficult, because every version was good for different reasons, and it wasnít hard to record, but it was hard to decide which version was better. In the end we ended up with a bit of a combination of all of them.
[Lara] Any chance of hearing the other versions?
[Chris] I donít think so, no.
[Lara] So they stay locked away somewhere?
[Chris] I donít even know if they exist anywhere. I think once weíd decided on an album version the others got wiped.
[Tom] You mentioned a possible EP of unused album stuff, because you said you had about twenty songs, and then only eleven made the album. I was wondering if you were going to release any of these other recorded songs in future?
[Chris] Maybe, that is just one possibility. I think there were about four or five finished tracks left over, and obviously some of them will probably be B-sides, or we may use them for something else, Iím not really sure. An EP is a possibility maybe down the line. I think the songs that were left out werenít left out because they werenít good, it was just more of a case that they didnít seem suitable for the album.
[Tom] There definitely seems to be a strong political theme going on in the album.
[Chris] Maybe a couple of songs like Soldierís Poem are fairly political, but there are no real references to people or places, so for that reason you could relate it to anything, really. Obviously the natural thing to do is to try to relate them to current events, which is what most people will do, but a song like that, you could be singing about the war in Iraq or World War II, or you could be singing about a shit relationship, if you like. It could be related to a whole bunch of things.
[Lara] I suppose it is quite universal.
[Chris] Yes. I think once you start getting into politics you have to be careful, because none of us are politicians. Weíre not qualified. Sometimes I think itís really easy to go and ďspout offĒ about things without really knowing what weíre talking about. There have been a fair few bands over a long period of time that have made that mistake, and I think that if you want to start talking about actual events you need to get your facts really straight, and I donít think weíre prepared to go down that road yet.
[Lara] Could you tell us a bit about the Supermassive Black Hole video? ItísÖ weird.
[Chris] I donít think it had any real deep meaning behind it. The whole idea behind that video was more about the imagery. The woman who directed it, Flora Sigismondi, most of her videos have this sort of weird, dark imagery going on. Out of all the songs on the album the lyrics to that one are not as deep as other songs, so I think for that reason we didnít really feel like going for a deep video, we just wanted something a little bit striking in a visual way.
[Tom] Youíre releasing Knights of Cydonia in America. Have you shot a video for it, or do you have any plans to?
[Chris] Weíre probably doing that in a couple of weeks, actually. Weíve got an idea for the video. Weíre not exactly sure what itís going to be about, but we have a pretty good idea.
[Tom] The album is pretty diverse, and some of the songs seem as if theyíre going to be pretty hard to pull off live. Have you got any ways of getting around this?
[Chris] Well, weíve got Morgan [Nicholls] in. Heís on stage, but his role in the band is probably not as full-on as most people are worrying about. The three of us are doing everything that we did do before. I think Morgan is just there to deal with a few bits and pieces that we feel we canít do. Getting a fourth member in is something that weíve thought about for a long time, it wasnít last minute. Some of the songs in Absolution could have benefited from having an extra person on stage. This time round we felt that it was really important to have someone to play certain parts of the songs, and obviously the only way of getting around that was to put someone else in there. Weíve not really toured with him yet. Weíve got a few gigs and a few TV things, but I guess itís not until much further down the road that weíre going to know how it works. Itís just something that we felt we had to try.
[Lara] Now that youíve got Morgan in, do you think that there would be any songs from previous albums that would be making a comeback with the new setlist?
[Chris] Yes, I think going on tour weíre going to have a pretty big shake-up of the setlist anyway. Obviously the newer songs are going to slip into the setlist. Itís always difficult when youíre doing newer albums because you have so much more material to choose from to play live. Touring for the last album we were playing a similar set every night, but I think this time weíre going to try to shake it up a fair bit. Weíve got a bunch of rehearsals next week and weíre going to try to pull out a lot of old stuff that we havenít played for a long time, maybe even songs like Citizen Erased which we didnít play very much on the last tour. Even songs like Feeling Good, that might come back. I think thereís a whole bunch of stuff really, and it would be nice to be in a situation where we have a completely different set every night.
[Tom] So are there any other band youíd like to be touring with? Which would be your favourite?
[Chris] Iíd be into getting the Futureheads on, actually. Iím not sure though. Weíve not got any definite plans on who weíd be playing with. Iíve not heard the stuff in their new album, but I really like their first album.
[Lara] What do you do when youíre on the tour bus? Does it ever get boring?
[Chris] No, itís quite nice, really. You spend most of your time on it asleep. You do a show, get on the bus, maybe play poker for a bit, watch a film, have a few beers, and then go to sleep and wake up in a completely different country. Thatís generally what happens.
[Lara] Do you ever play Scrabble?
[Chris] Yeah! *laughs*
[Lara] Whatís the best word youíve ever come up with?
[Chris] I donít know, Iím shit at Scrabble. I play with my wife a fair bit, and she canes me most of the time. Thereís one she had once that was something like 200 points, like the X on the triple letter score, triple word score, and she just got everything in one. I canít remember what it was now. But Iím shit at it.
[Tom] On a completely unrelated note, what are your favourite and least favourite Muse songs and why?
{Chris} I think my favourite at the moment is probably Knights of Cydonia. Least favourite is maybe Overdue, or something like that.
[Lara] What is Mattís favourite?
[Chris] I donít know. I think Knights of Cydonia is just a general favourite for all of us. Itís very different to anything weíve done before, and I think thereís quite a lot in that song. Itís obviously one we spent a fair bit of time on, working in the studio. All three of us are playing in different ways, and I think when you feel like youíve pulled it off the sense of achievement you get is what makes being in the band enjoyable.
[Tom] It was first played at Dundee, and the reaction from the fans was incredible. Everyone thought it was amazing.
[Chris] Yes, it was great. They played it on Radio 1, and that was the first time people had heard it. When it kicked into that riff everyone just kicked off, and it was almost like everyone know the song, like everyone knew what was going to happen, they knew what was coming, and itís always great when you get that kind of a reaction from a song. Quite often when people hear the songs for the first time live too many people just sit back and listen, because they havenít heard it before, so itís always nice when you get a physical reaction the first time youíre playing the song.
[Tom] People have described you as pomp rock, operatic rock, alternative. What genre would you describe yourself as?
[Chris] I donít know, I think it would be impossible, especially with this album, because thereís too much in there. I guess most of the songs are presented in a rock way, thing like the chord structures and they way that things are played. But itís different for each song. You couldnít put songs like Take a Bow and Soldierís Poem in the same genre. They are completely different genres, so to try to sum it up in a few words is totally impossible.
[Lara] Let the music speak for itself, rather?
[Chris] Yes, absolutely. I think some people hear different things as well. There are certain people who see us as a rock band and others who see us as something completely different. Sometimes people just take certain elements.
[Tom] Are you planning on covering any more songs in the near future?
[Chris] Nothing immediate, no. Iím sure we will do at some point, but there have not been any plans to do anything at the moment. I think weíve just been so involved in the album that itís not something weíve really thought about, but there will always be occasion where the opportunity to cover something will pop up, and itís always a good laugh doing that kind of thing.
[Lara] What do you think each of you brings to the band musically?
[Chris] I donít know, the three of us are all very different, and that comes across in our instruments. I donít want to go blowing our own trumpets or anything like that! I guess there are just elements of our personality that we project into the band. I think that we all play in our own way. The way that Matt plays the guitar and the way that I play the bass are very, very different. He sort of, plays across everything, whereas I play in a more solid way so we compliment each other. I think that solid bass allows him to work over the top of it.
[Tom] Which bassist do you look up to?
[Chris] Iíve never really been one of those bass magazine type of people, you know? Sort ofÖ sitting and looking at pictures of the bass playersÖ Iíve never really gotten into that kind of world. I think someone like Flea is an amazing player. I wouldnít say Iím a huge Chili Peppers fan, I respect them a lot as a band and I like a lot of their songs. Flea is one of those bass players who is technically brilliant, but he still plays with a lot of emotion as well. I think there are a lot of bass players out there who are all about technique and playing everything at a million miles an hour, but it has actually no feel whatsoever played live. Flea is one of those guys whoís managed to merge the two together. The guy is an amazing bass player and thereís not many people out there who are better than him, but I donít think he necessarily feels the need to show that off all the time. But then thereís people like Les Claypoole from PrimusÖ that guyís just a fucking genius. You canít deny that what he does with the bass is quite phenomenal.
[Lara] How do you cope as a band with all members living so far apart?
[Chris] Itís not a problem, to be honest. Even beforehand, I was in Devon and Matt and Dom were in London. In any time off that we have, which is quite rare, we all just want to go home anyway. Obviously when the band stuffís happening weíre all together anyway, so I guess we donít really feel the need to be in each otherís pockets all the time when there is time off. Mattís over near Milan now, and itís not really that far. I can get to Milan almost as quickly as I can get to London.
[Tom] So, on another completely unrelated note, what do you think of Domís and Mattís fashion sense? Pink trousersÖ
[Chris] For some reason Dom gets away with it, I donít know how, but I wouldnít get away with that. Dom somehow pulls it offÖ I donít know how he does it!
[Lara] Have you tried out Mattís jetpack yet?
[Chris] Itís not really a jetpack, itís kind of like a parachute with a motor on the back. Well, not a parachute, a hang-glider kind of thing. You have this big motor on your back and you take off as you would do with a hang-glider and the motor keeps you in the air until the fuel runs out, and when the fuel runs out you just glide slowly back down to earth. Iíve never been on it though, you need a proper licence to actually fly it. I donít think Matt even finished his licence, to be honest. It takes a while to get the licence, and we never seem to be at home for long enough for him to actually do it.
[Lara] But It sounds cool to say ďIíve got a jetpack.Ē
[Chris] Yes, itís quite funny how the paramotorís turned into a jetpack. Everyone thinks heís got one of those jetpacks that James Bond uses in Thunderball. Itís nothing like that at all.
[Tom] What do you think of Muse as a multi-generational band? I know all my friendsí parents love Muse, and itís a bit weird, because thatís not really the case with many other bands.
[Chris] I guess itís cool. Like I said earlier, I think certain people are drawn to certain elements of the band, especially with albums like Absolution. There are certain people who will listen to that album and theyíll really only listen to the rock side of it, whereas I know a few people maybe in their fifties or sixties who donít see it as that; they draw on the classical element of it, and I think thatís probably why. I think with this album there are obviously rock elements in there but some of the other influences come through, maybe things that have been influenced by film music, and I think maybe older people are drawing on that side of things as opposed to the rock side of things.
[Tom] Well, you have such a diverse range of songs, I suppose.
[Chris] Well, thatís the thing. I donít think weíre ever going to be the kind of band who is going to be absolutely massive because the range of songs is so diverse. I think even the hardcore Muse fans are never going to like everything that we do because thereís too much.
[Lara] Are your kids fans of the band?
[Chris] Yes, they are. They start dancing around the room when the video comes on MTV. Alfieís quite into the new album, actually. He likes to listen to it in the car. He really likes Map of the Problematique, thatís his favourite track.
[Tom] So, bit of a random question here Ė itís random time Ė whatís your favourite kind of soup, and why?
[Chris] Just a good old plain vegetable soup, I think.
[Lara] Favourite Batman movie?
[Chris] The first one, with the guy who played BeetlejuiceÖ
[Lara] Michael Keaton?
[Chris] Yeah, thatís right, and Jack Nicholson, heís just fucking hilarious in it, playing the Joker.
[Lara] Ok, now I think this is the most important question weíve got for you, this needs to be resolved. Who do you think would win in a raw egg-eating competition between Spiderman and Doctor Who?
[Chris] Itís Doctor Who, isnít it?
[Lara] Yes, I agree with that. Spidermanís got no mouth for starters. Makes things a bit difficult.
[Chris] Yes, heíd have to get some scissors out, and start making adjustments to the mouthÖ
[Tom] For your live performances are you going to be using any orchestral instruments, or are you thinking of bringing an orchestra on stage?
[Chris] I donít think weíre planning to at the moment, but I donít think itís something that weíd ever rule out. Weíve thought about it, I mean, it would be great to go on tour with an 18-piece orchestra, but the logistics of it would just be a nightmare. It would mean another two tour buses, and sound checks would be an issue, and it would be a nightmare. I think itís something that we might do for a one-off though. Itís something that would be really interesting to do, but itís not really practical in a touring situation.
[Lara] Have you got any surprises in store for us for upcoming tours, playing any smaller venues for example?
[Chris] I think weíre doing a small show in London at some point. Itís quite weird this time because with the last album the first thing we did was a bunch of smaller gigs to start with, but with this album we find ourselves heading straight for the festivals. Itís totally different to what weíve done before and a bit terrifying in a way. A bit of a nerve-wrecking experience, but I think itís going to be quite cool. Iím sure there will be a few smaller gigs along the way, but Iím not exactly sure when. Weíre in the process of trying to get the tours together. I do know that we will be touring from October pretty much up until Christmas in Europe and in the UK. Iím not sure what the dates are, but itís going to be around that period.
[Tom] Where do you think you will be in five yearsí time, musically, commercially, and so forth?
[Chris] I donít know, I donít think we ever really think that far ahead.
[Tom] Or where do you hope to be?
[Chris] I think he just hope that weíre still making music, musically I have no idea. I think that with every album we just take it as it comes, just go with it and let it happen. If Iíd imagined this album out around the time of Absolution it wouldnít make sense. Itís something that we donít try to plan too much. When weíre making an album all weíre really thinking about is making the album, and then when weíre ready to go on tour weíre thinking about going on tour. Itís all relatively short-term.
[Tom] Well, thanks for talking to us, we hope to see much more of you soon.
[Chris] Yes, nice one.


Source : Muselive.com


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That's rather long


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1/2 Hour Phone Interview


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thank you!!


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 16:27 GMT | #418410 |   | Split
nice interview


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amazing news about citizen erased being brought back, and perhaps a new muse ep too, which is amazing news!!


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 16:33 GMT | #418420 |   | Split
Great stuff, but you didn't ask him why they cut out the middle part of Assassin


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 16:38 GMT | #418425 |   | Split
thanks for doing that for everyone tom and lara. but most importanty you were WRONG hehe told you it was doctor who


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 16:40 GMT | #418427 |   | Split
great interview, havent read that much in a while.


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 16:43 GMT | #418429 |   | Split
Still think it should be Spiderman!


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great interview guys


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Still think it should be Spiderman!


YOU'RE WRONG!! and you had a go at me for saying Doctor Who :P! mwhahahaa!!
good interview guys!! enjoyed that


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 16:53 GMT | #418435 |   | Split
See even the great man himself says Dr Who!!! Muhahahahaha

No wonder it took you so long to transcribe it all! I bet your sick of his vocie by now!


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ah great thanks but: PLZ stop asking these supeficial "how are you" questions lol it's just like who cares no one wants a real answer so stop it and no one will ever give one


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Right, so next time we interview him, he picks up the phone and says "Hello" - next thing we say is "What do you think about Starlight...."

Nice and polite eh?


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Great interview!

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ah great thanks but: PLZ stop asking these supeficial "how are you" questions lol it's just like who cares no one wants a real answer so stop it and no one will ever give one



Its polite to say 'How are you'


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ah great thanks but: PLZ stop asking these supeficial "how are you" questions lol it's just like who cares no one wants a real answer so stop it and no one will ever give one



That's not how it works.


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well i dont count a "how are you" as polite it's just so nonsensey lol
i never ask someone how he is, well except i really wanna know ^^ you never hear an honest answer, you could just start like "hi chris" he says "Hi" "we are so and so and would like to make an interview with you" and so on, there are different ways to be polite which are more honest


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 17:08 GMT | #418468 |   | Split
Yeh, what a dreaful way to waste 8 words of an interview (sarcasm intended)


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 17:08 GMT | #418470 |   | Split
I waited for this fer so long!!!
THANK YOU!!


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 17:09 GMT | #418472 |   | Split
Nice interview! And thanks for asking my questions! (Knights of Cydonia video and least favourite Muse songs... I'm glad to read that he doesn't like Overdue very much too! )


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well i dont count a "how are you" as polite it's just so nonsensey lol
i never ask someone how he is, well except i really wanna know ^^ you never hear an honest answer, you could just start like "hi chris" he says "Hi" "we are so and so and would like to make an interview with you" and so on, there are different ways to be polite which are more honest



You should applaud good manners instead of saying they aren't necessary - do you want to live on a society that has less morals than it already does ?


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Report this post | 03 Jul 2006 17:12 GMT | #418480 |   | Split
o.o i think it is morally better to ask or tell what you like and not what you think you have to do


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fair enough dude! great interview by the way


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lol true^^





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