Muse: ”The 2nd Law’ will be very diverse’

Band promise that their sixth album will contain brass as well as dubstep

Muse have spoken in depth about their new album ‘The 2nd Law’ and promised that it will be “very diverse”.

The band revealed their bombastic new single ‘Survival’ last night (June 27), which you can hear by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Speaking on BBC Radio 1, the band revealed that the album’s trailer, which you can also see by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking, contains a excerpt from one track on the album, but that the dubstep influence is confined to that single song.

Asked about the trailer, singer Matt Bellamy said: “We threw that trailer out on YouTube, which has got an excerpt from one of the tracks that’s on the album. We wanted to show that the album’s got lots of different faces.”

Then asked what people could expect to hear on the album, he added: “We’ve tried a bunch of new things, which the trailer gives a glimpse of. There’s only one song that’s like that. We’ve basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments. There’s only one track like that, the rest of it is very very diverse.”

Bellamy then said that the band had placed a bigger emphasis “on groove” and admitted that there’s a “jazzy number” with lots of brass.

He said of this: “There’s a bigger emphasis on groove, we’ve always tried to improve on that with every album and I think on two or three tracks we’ve really nailed it. There’s a couple of tracks where we’ve captured the other side of us too, they’re quite minimal. There’s a really jazzy brass number, I even tried to get a sax solo.”

Then asked when people could expect to hear the album, he said: “We’re putting together the tracklisting and listening to the final mixes. We recorded it in six months.”

Muse will release ‘The 2nd Law’ in September. The album is the follow-up to 2009’s ‘The Resistance’ and has been recorded in London.

The Devon trio will play five shows across the UK in October. 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.

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