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New article/interview with Muse on Nypost.com (13/10/2012)


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Bellamy, bassist Christopher Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard have just released their sixth album, “The 2nd Law,” which has climbed to No. 2 on Billboard’s album chart, spurred on by the British trio’s slick showing on “Saturday Night Live” on Oct. 6.

 

The album is an evenly balanced mix of riff-heavy rock songs, funk freak-outs and a musical flavor new to Muse: dubstep, a once-obscure style of electronic dance music that has recently found its way into bass-heavy tracks by Britney Spears and Rihanna.

 

“Out of the three of us, I think I’m probably the one that leans more to finding a contemporary, cutting-edge element,” Bellamy says. “The dubstep influence came from seeing acts like [british trio] Nero play live. It was interesting to see a mosh pit emerging at what is essentially a dance gig. It was like a rock concert with people crowd-surfing. I’ve always been interested when electronica gets aggressive like that.”

 

Bellamy was so impressed, he asked Nero to work with the group. The result was “Follow Me,” a techno workout that runs far afield of the group’s better known blend of Queen-like prog-rock and pop.

 

Lyrically, many of the new tracks revolve around a loose concept: that humankind’s continual economic, ecological and technological growth is unsustainable. It’s highbrow, yes, but not quite as egregious as Bellamy’s previous incorporation of conspiracy theories into the songs on 2009’s “The Resistance” and 2006’s “Black Holes and Revelations.”

 

It’s probably for the best, given the kind of fans that Muse has attracted off the back of their dalliance with the crackpot crowd.

 

“Everywhere we go, we seem to bump into some kind of extremist,” Bellamy says, only half-jokingly. “I remember outside one gig, there was some guy waiting outside our bus who kept trying to give me the Book of Mormon and was saying that our songs have messages that relate to it. I was like, ‘Oh, come on!’ Then, literally three gigs later, someone else came up to me and tried to give a copy of the Holy Bible and said, ‘There are secret messages in your songs that relate to this book, I think you need to read it.’

 

“Then there are the hard-line underground, we’re-gonna-take-down-the-government type people who come backstage and say things like, ‘You’re on our side, aren’t you?’ I’m not so sure what that says about me or the music we make, but sometimes we do express some more obscure points of view that question the reality we live in.”

 

In place of the crazy conjecture, Bellamy has written his most intimate and personal lyrics to date, some of which were sparked by his relationship with Hudson, with whom he has a one-year-old son, Bingham. Muse’s current single, “Madness,” was inspired by a minor fight the couple had. That tiff turned into one of the album’s highlights.

 

“Those are the songs that people seem to be responding to most,” Bellamy says. “It might be where we’re going in the future. It would make a nice change.”

 

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What's he talking about when he says that the personal songs are the one's people are responding to most? He's making that up I think. :LOL: Maybe Follow Me.

 

I'm not so sure about the idea that this album has more personal songs either tbh. I keep reading that he hasn't done any personal songs for years. What about Neutron Star Collision and Undisclosed Desires? Also it's a narrative that was used for the last album too.

 

Btw, as for the full version, a later version has even more focus on Kate Hudson because of the pictures that have been used to illustrate it. I think the slant is more gossip than serious interview.

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Yeah, it's the NY Post. They always go for those sensationalist headlines.

 

I usually find that people who buy the NY Post are the typical rude, selfish, obnoxious, loudmouth New Yorkers. I guess assholes need to keep themselves informed.

 

This is the same newspaper who put one of the characters of The Soapranos getting whacked as a front page headline.

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