Muse have revealed that they reverted back to a more guitar-based sound because their music was “becoming more and more difficult to play live”.
The band released their seventh album ‘Drones’ earlier this month, topping the UK Albums Chart in the process. The record sold 73,000 copies in its first week on sale and is the group’s fifth UK Number One of their career.
Now, bassist Chris Wolstenholme has stated in a new interview that how their songs translated to a live setting stopped them from pursing a more electronic route that came more to the focus with previous albums ‘The 2nd Law’ and ‘The Resistance’.
Wolstenholme told Spotify: “We got to the point where things were becoming more and more difficult to play live. It was a real headache with certain songs on the last album to try and work out all the arrangements to get them to work live.”
“In the last six albums additional things crept in apart from the rock three piece, so all these classical influences and particularly the electronic influence. I think if we had gone any further we would have been an electronic band.”
He added: “I think for this album we decided it was important to maybe go back to where we started in a way and just concentrate on one guitar player, one bass player and one drummer and see how far we could take that.”
Watch Wolstenholme’s full interview below.
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Meanwhile, Matt Bellamy has claimed that ‘Drones’ is Muse’s best album, admitting, “That’s not something I’ve been able to say for a while.” Bellamy also recently told NME about visiting the White House and talking conspiracy theories with former Secretary Of State Colin Powell.