British Band at 2001s Kerrang! awards (and nominations in
Best Live Act & Best Album), Best Live Act and Best Album
nominations at this years Q Awards (winners still to be decided),
Best New Band in the 2000 NME Carling Premier Awards. Nominations
in the 2000 Q Awards for Best New Band and Best Album and in the
Kerrang! Awards for Best New Band and Best Live Act.. A notorious
record deal with Madonnas Maverick label in the States and
equally impressive regional deals right across Europe. A string
of successful singles, a debut album which has sold well over
three quarters of a million copies world-wide, and the follow-up
Origin Of Symmetry topping that already since its
release earlier this year with sales in the UK alone of 200,000
plus, more than 50 festival appearances in the space of summer
2000 plus support tours with the likes of Foo Fighters and the
Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now the band head up UK Arenas of their
own with London Arena finishing their November tour off in style!
The facts speak for themselves. But they dont come close
to speaking for Muse. Nope, none of this comes close to speaking
for Muse. It barely whispers their worth. The only way to get
your head around Muse is to get Muse around your head. Turn it
on, turn it up and take in the full-throttle decadence until your
arteries erupt and you run screaming from your home to paint your
town red with blood. Yup, thatd probably do it. But first,
some more facts...
are a rock band. No, not like Slipknot. More like Queen - an eternally
evolving everything. A rock band wholl be still be around
long after youve grown too old for rock music and started
slipping on Berlioz requiems instead. And yet, oddly enough, a
rock band who rather enjoy Berlioz requiems themselves. And anything
from Belgium. A rock band who dream of the genetically-designed,
organosynthetic suits which will one day send them into space.
A rock band who believe there is a hidden symmetry in all chaos;
who have adopted sleek, pure scientific theories as their own
personal religion . And a rock band who came into being after
Matthew began accompanying the invocational wailings of three
local witches on guitar (again, you really ought to ask). Not
Limp Bizkit, then. IT started with a diss. A diss to the local
music scene which saw the band (then called Rocket Baby Dolls,
which was at least better than the previous names, Gothic Plague
and Fixed Penalty) come up against a host of fretwanking Jamirowannabes
in a regional Battle Of The Bands contest. We came out looking
insane, recalls Matthew. We caused a real scene, smashed
up all the gear - just to take the piss out of the whole competition.
It was supposed to be a protest, a statement. So, when we actually
won, it was a real shock. A massive shock. After that, we started
taking ourselves seriously.
themselves seriously meant Matthew ditching the run of jobs which
had barely kept his head above water or paid the rent on the flat
above a porn shop . Goodbye to cleaning shit out of the toilets
at a local camp site. Goodbye demolition and decorating job. And,
eventually, goodbye to the South Devonshire town of Teignmouth,
the place to which Matthew, Chris and drummer Dominic Howard had
all relocated a decade earlier, after leaving their respective
hometowns of Cambridge, Manchester and Rotherham.
hello to Muse, their band.
remember a medium talking about muses, says Matthew, how
you could summon up muses when you were at a very spiritual point
in your life. And... well, I suppose I summoned up this band.
one, youll know about. After signing a management deal with
Taste Media, Muse released two extremely limited EPs via Dangerous
Records, Muse and Muscle Museum - 10 songs
which combined rage and grace like absolutely nothing had before.
Ten songs which devastated everyone lucky enough to hear them,
shocked them into stupors of desperate enthusiasm - that rare,
rare feeling that, if you didnt see this band soon, youd
look back upon your youth as a waste. Inevitably, those early
shows (including triumphant appearances at 1998s In
The City festival and New Yorks CMJ) were even better
than the EPs had promised - the gasping, spitting wails of oversized
babies clinging to umbilical guitar leads, squeezing their way
out of tiny venues and into the limelight. Those were ecstatic
times, the chance to spend a filthy, sweaty night with something
way out of your league, and all for three quid and your bus fare
that came the inevitable record deals, and a string of singles
across the world. In UK terms, that meant the stalking, Hispanic
bitch-slap of Uno; the pent-up catastrophe of Cave;
the nauseated recoil of Muscle Museum; the fluttering
crisis of Sunburn; the fragile, co-dependent self-doubt
of Unintended; and a final re-release of Muscle
Museum. And, of course, a debut album: Showbiz,
produced by John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses, Pink Floyd) and
hailed by critics as one of the finest albums of the year. Youve
probably played it at a party. And received some very strange
looks. Next time, buy some Steps.
something happened. Muse toured the USA with Foo Fighters and
the Red Hot Chili Peppers in early 2000 and Matthew changed unrecognisably.
That tour reminded me what it felt like when we started
out, he recalls. I started running around the stage,
having a laugh. That totally changed the way we played live.
goodbyes then. Goodbye, little British indie band. Goodbye inhibitions.
Goodbye to being a small time small town small turn. And hello
to painfully exciting shows, shows where all three members of
Muse would end up heaped on top of each of in a sprawling butchers
window mess of limbs and hair, where audiences left the venue
dazed and dribbling, where the only thing not to get smashed onstage
would be the world landspeed record (though put Matthew in a car
and hed often take a stab at that, too). And hello to Matthews
suddenly looking like a Smash Martians sinister, little
brother, dressed in a different shade of black or red each day;
eyes boggling to keep track with his thoughts, mouth shooting
off about pure mathematics and corrupt fantasies and mans
evolution from spiders and the tenth dimension and swimming with
sharks and flying on air currents and this and that and this again,
no dont you understand, this, this, this, I mean this, get
it? Get it? Right, good. Hello to the finest, fieriest rock star
we have today. Hello, in short, to Muse Mark Two, which begins
know how it would be really cool if we could genetically engineer
puppies that never grow old? Plug In Baby is about
that. - Matthew Bellamy, 2001
In Baby, the first taste of the Muse 2001 you never, ever
expected. Someone described it as Elvis swallowing asteroids.
Looking back, hes not entirely sure he did the song justice.
Its galactic music, a mechanical animus, laser-guided pop.
Built round a coiling riff thats part Bach and a maniacal
vocal thats all bite, Plug In Baby is unquestionably
Muses strongest, rawest, most frenzied single to date. And,
produced by David Bottrill (Tool/Deus), it might just put a few
ropy nu-metallers in their place, too. Maybe were
looking at that kind of music and thinking: Its all
bollocks. Lets go and do it properly, suggests
Matthew. Weve always played heavy music, but this
album is all about that. Except, of course, its not.
As well the unapologetic, out and out metal which
sprung from their session with David Bottrill at Ridge Farm near
Gatwick, Muses second album promised everything from pure
opera to sexy disco, courtesy of further sessions
with John Leckie at Real World Studios in Bath and Pink Floyds
floating studio on the Thames. A studio which, incidentally, is
rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of Charlie Chaplin. Its
different. Extraordinarily different. If you had to generalise,
says Matthew, Id say we are definitely louder, heavier,
better - but thats a sweeping generalisation. Theres
new songs will surprise everyone, songs which come from a totally
different angle. Were choosing to do something a bit more
special, to bring out music thats totally new and challenging.
Fashion will have to come to us.
Of Symmetry has spawned 3 singles already Plug In
Baby (No 11), New Born (12) and Bliss
year the band headlined the V2001 festival on the 2nd stage and
played the main stage at T-In-The-Park. The band have toured Japan,
the whole of Europe. They go to Russia, New Zealand & Australia
before the end of the year.
release a double a-side single on November 12th - Hyper
Music and Feeling Good.
Bellamy (vocals, guitar, piano) This is the only language
Im fluent in.
Dominic Howard (drums) I dont ever want to stop.
Chris Wolstenholme (bass, vocals) I nearly choked to death
on a Smarties cap.
more info please call Mel at Impressive on 0207 722 8866