Jared Leto: ’30 Seconds To Mars is not just a band but an art project’

They release their new album 'Love Lust Faith + Dreams' on May 20

30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has said that he thinks of the band as an ‘art project’.

The singer told MTV that the wants the group to not just make music, but books, short films and documentaries too. He commented:

We’ve always thought about 30 Seconds To Mars not just as a band but an art project. A place where we would make music, we would make books, we would make art in general, short films, documentaries.

He added: “I mean really the music is the glue that binds it all together but its certainly not just about the music, it’s about community, it’s about a life.”

30 Seconds To Mars recently unveiled the video for their single ‘Up In The Air’. Click below to watch the clip, which clocks in at over eight minutes long and features an appearance by burlesque artist Dita Von Teese.

The band are set to release their brand new album, ‘Love Lust Faith + Dreams’, on May 20. The album was co-produced by Jared Leto alongside Steve Lillywhite. Of the LP, Leto has said: “This is more than an evolution, it’s a brand new beginning. Creatively, we’ve gone to an entirely new place, which is exciting, unexpected, and incredibly inspiring.” The album artwork features the piece ‘Isonicotinic Acid Ethyl Ester’ by Damien Hirst. Another Hirst piece from the Colour Charts series will appear on the CD itself.

30 Seconds To Mars will be playing this summer’s Download Festival, alongside Queens Of The Stone Age, Alice In Chains and Motorhead.