When it came time for grandiose UK prog-rock outfit Muse to record the follow-up to their immensely successful fifth album, The Resistance, the band felt it was time to shake things up a bit in the studio, which they discussed during a recent interview with Stryker.
“We wanted to produce it again ourselves, so that was similar to how we did The Resistance, related the band’s frontman Matt Bellamy. “We started off thinking we may get a producer in, but we quickly realized that we just loved doing it. The three of us collaborating together on the production really makes an interesting result. And three-piece makes an easy democracy to get decisions done.
“For certain songs, we had different approaches to anything we’d ever done before,” Bellamy continued about the band’s new album,
The 2nd Law. “We created these challenges to make sure the song would come out differently to how it was rehearsed in the first place. In the case of “Follow Me,” it was a track that we rehearsed and recorded as a rock track, and then decided to get rid of everything and do it all with electronics. For a song like ‘Unsustainable,’ we made an electronic style build up with a drop bass line that was all electronic, and then tried to play it with real instruments.”
Bellamy went on to mention a couple of songs on the new album sung by the band’s bassist, Chris Wolstenholme.
“His head’s a little clearer these days,” explained Muse’s drummer Dominic Howard regarding the songs “Liquid State” and “Save Me,” which were written and sung by Wolstenholme. “He was drinking a lot for years. Creatively and emotionally, it became easier for him to communicate his ideas. He had some songs and wanted to sing them, and we were like, ‘Cool.’ It was something different for the band, and we’d never done it before. I think it’s something he wanted to do in the past, but he just hasn’t really been able to do it.”
Fans will be able to hear the fruits of Wolstenholme’s contributions along with the rest of Muse’s new clutch of songs when The 2nd Law is released in the U.S. on October 2.
–Scott T. Sterling. CBS Local