Muse's Matt Bellamy Talks About "Stripped Down" New Album
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.03.2013
They're working on it...
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Muse's Matt Bellamy spoke about the "stripped down" new album that the band is working on. Here are highlights:
On what led to them filming the Rome concert for a live DVD: "We'd never played a venue in Rome bigger than a large theater before, so we were very excited to have all these fans from the south of Italy and all these places come out to see us. We knew the vast majority of the audience hadn't seen us in at least 10 years. It was also an Olympic stadium. We did one of those in 2011 with Rage Against the Machine in Los Angeles. We loved that gig. What's different about Olympic stadiums is there's a requirement that they be completely open-air, including over the audience, so they have a bowl shape. The audience isn't as high as you get with the football stadiums with the bleachers and everything. We didn't do a concert album for the last two albums, so we wanted this album and film to capture the best moments from those albums, but also capture some of the extremes of what we've been doing since we want to go in a different direction in the future."
On a new album: "Yeah. It's interesting because the writing pretty much began the next day after the Rome show. I've got a pretty good picture of what I'd like the next album to be like. It's the come-down and the sort of waking up the next day being like, 'What the fuck? What the fuck? That was crazy.' In some ways, the band has gone on this pretty insane journey since we formed as teenagers. Back then, we weren't very outgoing on stage. We were very sort of off to ourselves, hiding behind the music. In some ways, the Rome gig almost represents a complete upside-down journey of personality from where we started. I want to bring it back to just being about the music that we are playing, about the instruments, the guitar, the bass, the drums and these personalities. I have this strong feeling that the next album should be something that really does strip away the additional things that we've experimented with on the last two albums, which is electronics, symphonics and orchestral work and all that kind of stuff. I kind of feel like it will be nice to reconnect and remind ourselves of just the basics of who we are."
On the 20th anniversary of the band: "So it kind of feels right that next year will be when we start making a new album. When I say I want to go back, I don't mean go back to the kind of music we made when we started. That would be disastrous. I mean, go back to the mentality that we had when we started, which was just us wanting to be good on instruments and wanting to play together and make music that was organic in nature. I think that will be where we set off on our next album."