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Band talk possible plans for 'Drones' follow-up

Muse have hinted that they will take a surprising sonic turn on their next album.

‘Drones’, the band’s seventh album, was released in June 2015. Speaking at the Q Awards this week, where they were named ‘Best Act In The World Today’, the trio hinted at what could come on their next release.

Asked by Absolute Radio if they could go acoustic, frontman Matt Bellamy said: “I feel like I say it every time with each album but I feel like it might be time to actually do something a bit more stripped down.”

Bellamy also discussed the band’s live shows, amid their ambitious plans for next year’s world tour. He said: “I kind of feel that we are very lucky because we live during this period of time where technology has actually enabled so many different things to happen in the live show. Almost every time we do a new album or tour, there’s new technology to test out or try. This last ten years have been the most exciting time to be a live act because you get to play around with all these new toys.”

“The last album was written and recorded very much with the idea of how it is going to work in the show in mind. Moving forward, we might want to do something different because I feel like we’ve pushed the show to a really high point.”

Speaking to Q at the event, Bellamy also said: “We’re going to chill out. We’re going to do some festivals in the US maybe, because we kind of missed that out last summer. If we feel like it we might record a new song or two but I don’t think we’ll do a new album.”

He added: “Next year’s going to be more about touring, a few gigs in the US…”

Bellamy has also shared a photo of himself meeting Hillary Clinton, along with the caption: “Trump can’t trump that”.