GOOD MUSE!

The band reveal their future direction before a select audience of fans in London...

MUSE premiered two brand new songs at a secret ‘fanzine only’ gig in LONDON today (May 8).

The band played a 30-minute acoustic set to a crowd of approximately 30 Muse fanzine writers at the Kashmir Klub, in north London. The six-song set included provisionally-titled new numbers ‘Razor Blades’ and ‘Natural Disaster’. In addition, the band played their recent hit single ‘Sunburn’, as well as future single ‘Unintended’.

One fan who saw the show told nme.com: “The new songs sounded just as I expected, not a massive shift in musical direction, but really emotional, really pure.”

Speaking to nme.com earlier in the month, Muse vocalist Matt Bellamy hinted the band were well on the way with writing new material, the first since the release of ‘Showbiz’ last October. He said: “We have written a whole load of stuff while we were out on tour and sometimes at the live shows we’ve been doing improvisation which we’ve been calling ‘Alien Funk’. It sounds like a cross between Michael Jackson and Nirvana.”

The full set list for the London show ran – ‘Sunburn’, ‘Falling Down’, ‘Muscle Museum’, ‘Razor Blades’, ‘Unintended’ and ‘Natural Disaster’. Following their performance, the band then took part in a press conference for their fans.

Muse release ‘Unintended’, the fifth single from their debut album ‘Showbiz’, on June 5 through Taste Media/Mushroom Records.

The band have also announced a full tour of the UK and Ireland for May and June, which calls at: London Shepherd’s Bush Empire tomorrow night (May 9) Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre (11) Dublin Trinity Ball (12) Portsmouth Pyramid (29)Liverpool L2 (30)Newcastle University (31) Glasgow Garage (June 2) Sheffield Leadmill (3) Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (4) London Astoria (6 & 7) Glastonbury Festival (25)T In The Park (July 9) Reading Festival (August 25) Leeds Festival (28)

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