Muse: ‘We took inspiration from Skrillex’

Band say the dubstep star was the inspiration behind the track 'Unsustainable'

Muse have revealed that they were inspired by Skrillex for their forthcoming album ‘The 2nd Law’.

In a world exclusive interview with the band in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands from today or available digitally, drummer Dom Howard reveals that the band were so inspired after watching a Skrillex gig, they penned the track ‘…Unsustainable’ – which featured on the trailer for the forthcoming album.

“We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October,” he says. “We went, ‘Fuck, it’s so heavy,’ loved it. I was like a full metal gig, they had circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn’t seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration and came up with ‘The 2nd Law: Unsustainable’.”


“Some of that hard dubstep and brostep coming from America, is capturing the imagination,” singer Matt Bellamy adds. “The moshpit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we’re trying to see if we can challenge the laptop. We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments. We wanted to ask, ‘Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?'”

‘The 2nd Law’ is due for release on on September 17 and contains a total of 13 tracks, including the band’s recent single ‘Survival’. It is the follow-up to 2009’s ‘The Resistance’ and has been recorded in London. You can watch the video for ‘Survival’ – which is the official track for the London 2012 Olympics – at the bottom of the page.

The Devon trio will tour the UK in October, playing five shows. The gigs begin at Glasgow’s SECC on October 24, before the band move onto London’s O2 Arena for two shows on October 26 and 27. They then play Birmingham LG Arena on October 30 before finishing up at Manchester Arena on November 1.

The tracklisting for ‘The 2nd Law’ is as follows:

‘Panic Station’
‘Follow Me’
‘Big Freeze’
‘Save Me’
‘Liquid State’
‘The 2nd Law: Unsustainable’
‘The 2nd Law: Isolated System’

To check the availability of Muse tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

You May Like