Check out KROQ's latest interview with Muse, shedding light on their new album and approach to writing music.
Its been a long year for Muse, a succession of years upon years of success that seems never-ending for the British rock band, despite the fact that two-thirds of the band spends most of their rare off time in Los Angeles. Matt Bellamy lives here with his wife Kate Hudson and the band has just finished up their three week break. It wasnt much of a break, though.
Bellamy, joined by drummer Dominic Howard, admitted to Kevin & Bean that he picked up the guitar yesterday and strummed some stuff out. Its only been a year or so since the release of 2012s The 2nd Law, but after some prodding, Bellamy said the band hopes to put something out in 2015 and maybe play that years KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. Bellamy has been listening to rock music again and has become a renewed fan of the three-piece set up. He says the new Muse stuff will sound like Muses origin music, joking that his new-found interest in classic rock will make the album sound like AC/DCs Back In Black.
Its difficult to predict because you never know what the songs are going to be like and how the recording process goes, replied Bellamy when asked what the new stuff will sound like. We are going back to a more basic rock sound I think, so that might make things move a little quicker. I dont know.
It wasnt always that way, though. For a period of time, Bellamy refused to listen to music or would listen to something softer.
I went through a stage where I stopped listening to music, elaborated Bellamy. I found it influencing me and stuff like that, so I sort of cut off listening to music altogether. I kind of thought that Id write purer music if I didnt have any sort of outside influence at all I went for a while where I was listening to everything but rock. I was listening to classical music, jazz, and other things that were for me out of what we do because we spend all of our days listening to like screamingly loud amps and Doms crash symbols were literally deafening. So when you go home, you want to listen to something different.
Subsequently, Muses last two albums were a lot more experimental and mellow, something that is highlighted in their new live performance DVD and Blu-Ray called Live at Rome Olympic Stadium which was recorded on July 6th with high-definition 4k cameras. The viewer can see every little detail of the bandincluding Bellamys odd spot or two. With sound mixed expertly by producer Chris Lord-Alge, the performance was iconic for the band who hadnt played to the volatile audience in Rome in about a decade.
The band was able to use the dome-style Olympic stadium for their next level theatrics with the theme of energy usage and energy consumption that included live actors like a fake Euro banker who poured euros all over the audience and a business woman who dies drowning herself in oil and fuel. But then she comes back as an angel floating from a light bulb so theres a happy ending, joked Bellamy cheerily.
Despite Muses epic success, the band seems down-to-earth. Bellamy talks about meeting his idols Brian May and Tom Morello which made Bellamy the most starstruck hes ever been.
I still cant quite relax when Im around Tom Morello. He actually came to a party at my house here. We had a New Years Eve party and he was the first guest that turned up, said Bellamy, who said he couldnt quite handle that Morello was there even though Bellamy called him a cool, down-to-earth guy.
Which is exactly how fans feel about Bellamy. Odd spot and all.