Muse's Matt Bellamy: 'Am I the only one who recognises we're a small planet in a gigantic universe'

Singer ponders on the state of the world and the universe

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Muse's Matt Bellamy has spoken out about the world's energy crisis.

Seaking to Q, the singer says that the band's current album 'The 2nd Law' is all about the struggle for energy. "For me, the struggle in life is this battle against the fact energy is decreasing," he says. "It's a battle in everything, whether it's relationships, your own life, your work, the world in general, the economy, there seems to be this theme."

Tracks on the album such as 'Survival', he says, are about "the craziness and irrational side of us that just wants to grow and fight and survive against the odds." Tracks such as 'Explorers' and 'Supremacy' are the "opposite" of this, he continues. "Almost giving up and saying it's a losing battle. These two extreme points of view are on the album, battling against each other."

He adds: "There seems to be this paradigm which is: There has to be growth. I'm watching it and thinking, Am I the only one who recognises this is a small planet isolated in a gigantic universe? Where are we growing too? At some point there has to be a discussion about that concept. For the first time in evolution as a species we're hitting an energy ceiling."

Muse kicked off their UK tour earlier this week. The spectacle includes aliens and a giant pyramid that engulfs the band. Speaking about the prop to NME, Bellamy said: "The pyramid seems to represent the power structures of the world. Turning it upside down is a gesture as to what we think of that."

Muse will finish up their UK tour tonight (November 1) at Manchester's Arena.

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