By Zachary Swickey
When we got our first taste of Muse’s upcoming sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, we were surprised by the inclusion of dubstep. Now, for those curious how that came about, look no further than the dubstep king Skrillex.
The British rockers have revealed that the album’s first single “Unsustainable” was written promptly after seeing a Skrillex show.
”We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. We went, ‘F**k, it’s so heavy’, loved it,” drummer Dominic Howard told NME. ”It was like a full metal gig, they had the circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn’t seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration and came up with ‘Unsustainable.’”
Singer Matt Bellamy was equally enthusiastic about what he witnessed, saying, ”The mosh pit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we’re trying to see if we can challenge the laptop.”
”We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments,” Bellamy continued. “We wanted to ask, ‘Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?’”
Global crises also provided inspiration for Muse’s newest album with the band taking their sound to soaring heights on tracks like “Supremacy” and their official Olympic-endorsed track “Survival.”
”Every time I watched the news when we were making the album, it was endless stuff about the Euro banking crisis,” Bellamy explained. “All the news programs seemed to be obsessed with growth. The album is my own internal conflict of celebrating the strength but also saying, ‘F**k, where do we go from here?”’
The 2nd Law hits stores worldwide September 17.