Muse is a popular British rock band, winner of MTV Europe Music Awards and Grammy awards. It is extremely difficult to drive the creativity of this team into any framework. “Music for the smart,” – this is how the band’s frontman Matthew Bellamy described the genre of Muse.
British rockers Muse are one of the most popular bands in the world.
History of creation
The Muse group (from English – “muse”) has been leading its history since the early 1990s, when its future members Matthew Bellamy (born 1978), Dominic Howard (born 1977) and Chris Wolstenholme (born 1978). r.) played in different school groups of the town of Teignmouth.
The three guys lived in a boring little town with few options for entertainment – drinking, fighting or taking drugs. “We chose something else – music,” the artists recall.
It all started with the fact that Matthew Bellamy auditioned for the vacancy of a guitarist in the band “Carnage Mayhem” of his friend, drummer Dominic Howard. More precisely, there was no group as such yet – there was only Dominic. It turned out that Matthew writes excellent lyrics and sings well, so he also took on the duties of the author and soloist.
Muse members have known each other since childhood
The newly created duet was renamed “Gothic Plague” and invited Chris Wolstenholme, the drummer of the amateur band “Fixed Penalty”, to join the line-up. There was already a drummer in Gothic Plague, so Chris had to take bass lessons. However, he quickly mastered this instrument and the group – now a trio – began to perform under the new name “Rocket Baby Dolls”.
Pictured: Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme
In 1994, the Rocket Baby Dolls won the local Battle of the Bands. The judges and guests of the festival remembered the young musicians for defiantly breaking all their equipment during the performance. “We did it in protest, so when the judges awarded us the first prize, we were in the deepest shock,” Bellamy said.
After the first success on the stage, the schoolchildren, in defiance of their parents, decided to prefer music to entering the university. Soon the group changed its name again – this time for a long time. Bellamy was advised to call the group “Muse” by his art teacher. The guys thought it over and decided that the option is excellent – short, sonorous and will look great on posters.
The main stages of creativity
The first serious concerts in London and Manchester were played by the band in the late 1990s, after which a contract was signed with the local record company Sawmills. Songs from Muse’s first two mini-albums received attention from national radio stations. Many listeners spoke warmly about the work of young musicians, however, major British record companies have so far refused to support the band, as their songs reminded them of the work of Radiohead, which was already popular in those years.
Muse’s first steps to success
However, the musicians managed to play in the US and make useful deals in Europe. The band’s first album, Showbiz, was released in 1999 with the assistance of Radiohead and The Verve. Muse toured in support of the album, opening for legendary American bands Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In 2001, the group’s second album, “Origin of Symmetry”, was released, which was distinguished by balanced, lyrically depressive moods, the sound of organ and mellotron and the famous Bellamy falsetto. The most popular tracks on the disc were “New Born” and “Plug in Baby”.
Muse sample 2001
The song “Screenager” (a compilation of the words “screen” and “teenager”) is also noteworthy. When recording the track, the musicians used extremely unusual instruments: the African folk percussion instrument balafon, animal bones and llama claws.
On September 10, 2001, Muse played a concert in New York. They could have stayed in a hotel room overlooking the Twin Towers, which were destroyed by terrorists the next day, but decided to head to the next city on their tour immediately after the performance.
The popularity of the group grew every day. 2003 saw the release of the third disc, Absolution, which was filled with a more tragic sound, mainly due to the orchestral accompaniment of 32 instruments and the use of 98 voices for vocals. According to critics, the music acquired such notes due to the incessant depression of the soloist. During the recording of the record, Bellamy regularly had nightmares: he dreamed that someone was hanging him by his legs from the ceiling and beating him.
The musicians posted the first single from the album on the Web and allowed it to be downloaded for free. One of the album’s songs, “Hysteria”, has been repeatedly called “the best song of all time” by the media.
This period of his career was headlined by numerous concerts and tours, as well as receiving MTV Europe’s “Best Alternative Group” awards and a Q Award in the “Best Live Show” nomination.
Brite Awards Muse nominated 8 times
Released in 2006, Black Holes and Revelations went platinum. Most of all, the listeners liked the compositions “Supermassive Black Hole”, “Knights of Cydonia”, which critics call “post-millennial “Bohemian Rhapsody” with the greatest climax”, and “Map of the Problematique”.
Three years later, the musicians released the album “The Resistance”, some of the compositions of which sounded in an electronic key, and some were written with a bias towards the classics.
The group visited Russia more than once
The work on the record was slowed down by Chris’s alcohol addiction – he made friends with the bottle so much that he questioned the continued existence of the group. But after a course of rehabilitation, he returned to duty, and the new album became even more successful than the previous one and received a Grammy in the category “best rock album”.
Over the years, Bellamy has developed a tradition of smashing his guitar after singing “Stockholm Syndrome”. Matthew’s absolute record is 140 guitars for the 2004 tour. At some point, the tradition became a consignment note, because each guitar of the Muse soloist is made to order. The fact is that the group’s songs use such a large number of special effects that it is difficult to control them from the pedal, so all controls are brought to the body.
Muse songs are heard in the movies – in the vampire story “Twilight. Saga. Eclipse (2010) with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, action comedy Knight of the Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Also, the band’s compositions appeared in an advertisement for the new Dior Homme perfume, which was directed by Guy Ritchie.
In 2012, the composition “Survival” from the new album “The 2nd Law” became the official anthem of the Summer Olympic Games held in London.
And Muse themselves became torchbearers
The seventh studio album, Drones, was released by Muse in 2015, in which the musicians returned to their early sound, filling the songs with such serious topics as the elements of nature, the third world war and technological progress. “There is no love in this record at all – only paranoia and fear,” Bellamy, who at that time was going through a difficult parting with actress Kate Hudson, described his creation. The album received a Grammy for “Best Rock Album”.
Photos from the world tour in support of the album Drones
In 2016, Forbes ranked the group 44th on its list of the 100 highest paid celebrities, earning $76 million that year.
- Showbiz (1999)
- Origin of Symmetry (2001)
- Absolution (2003)
- Black Holes and Revelations (2006)
- The Resistance (2009)
- The 2nd Law (2012)
- Drones (2015)
Muse group now
In the spring of 2017, Muse announced the recording of a new album and announced an approximate release date – autumn 2018. According to Bellamy, the upcoming record will be very different from the previous one and will feature “a lot more weird electronics and stuff.” In March, the band released the single “Thought Contagion”.
Muse’s new album promises to be “roaring”