The New Muse Era: 11 Facts About Drones
“You don’t have to sit with your laptop or synthesizer looking for new ideas. Sometimes three musicians in the same room may discover something new. We wanted to take this approach when creating the album.” (Muse)
1. Back to basics
Even before Muse sat in the studio to work on the seventh album, Matthew Bellamy said that the group was going to change course. According to him, the day after the concert in Rome, which was released on the DVD “Live at Rome Olympic Stadium” and was shown in movie theaters, he realized that they had gone too far with experimentation. It was time, he decided, to remind ourselves who they were and return to the roots.
“When I say that I want to go back to the roots, I don’t mean that I’m going to write the same music that we composed at the very beginning – this would be crazy. I mean, we intend to return to the thinking that we were when we started, when we just wanted to have a good command of instruments and play music of three people … The songs that we chose for the DVD show the softer, quieter side of our work, and also contain some theatrical elements. summarizes everything that we did in the last her time. By including all these songs in a live DVD, we seemed to draw a line under this period. ”
Shortly before the release of the first song from the new album, Matt confirmed that the seventh longplay is different from the previous two: “The 2nd Law” was electronic, the album “The Resistance” had a lot of classic and progressive elements. The new material is pure rock, with guitar, bass and drums. In this album, we said goodbye to electronics and orchestras. ”
2. Matt Lang
The band worked on their previous two albums on their own, but it was decided to bring in a producer to record “Drones”. According to Dominic, this was dictated by the desire to go beyond what became familiar to them, and to allow someone else to give an assessment of what they are doing. Robert John “Matt” Lang, who is responsible for the magnum opus AC / DC “Back In Black” and collaborated with Def Leppard, Brian Adams and Lady Gaga, was selected for this role. For Muse, it was an old dream.
“We have always been fans of his work. He’s a visionary who uses advanced technology to create traditional sound, timeless music,” Matt said. “You can get used to doing things your own way, and it’s often very difficult for me to listen to other people, and he just the person I was ready to listen to. ”
True, he did not suspect that working with the eccentric and perfectionist Lang would be not only informative, but also exhausting, and that a photograph with the caption “Matt Lang makes me play until I rub my fingers in the blood!” Will appear on the group’s Instagram. “You know, he is a man with slave-owning habits, he’s simply crazy. He forced us to do thirty-five takes for each song, until we started to tumble down from exhaustion and could no longer play. He constantly exhausted us “Maybe it was Lang who inspired the lyrics for the song“ Psycho, ”Matt joked, but he was glad of the unique opportunity to work with the legendary producer.
“He helped me not to get lost in the three pine trees and express my thoughts more clearly. In general, he was not interested in the general ideas of the album, but in the performance, sound and arrangement of the songs.”
3. Drones are everywhere
In 2001, Matthew Bellamy’s favorite word was “symmetry”, in 2009 – “1984”. In 2015, he constantly talks about drones. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are now really relevant – they carry out military missions, graze sheep, collect intelligence, play in orchestras, film all kinds of events and deliver pizza. It is impossible to sit on the Internet for at least an hour without stumbling upon the mention of drones.
“A few years ago I read the book” Predators: The CIA’s Drone War On Al Qaeda “, which talked about the use of drones for military purposes. I began to delve into this topic, I was wondering what are drones from a technological point of view. These mechanisms are quickly gaining popularity. Once we watched films like “Terminator 2″ about what awaits us in the future. And now this is becoming a reality. I thought it was a rather interesting topic for discussion. What can all this lead what happens when such a factor is eliminated to to human emotions, for example, in the war, and so on. ”
For Matt, drones are also a metaphor for describing the inability to empathize: “Modern technology, including the use of drones in military operations, allows people to do terrible things with the help of remote control, at a considerable distance, and at the same time feel uninvolved in what’s happening and not The next step is likely to be autonomous drones, which will decide on destruction on their own, without human intervention.