Matt Bellamy tells all about the space-rockers’ new direction...

MUSE told NME.COM about their amazing new direction – influenced by THE STROKES.

In the past four months, three hugely acclaimed headline festival slots at Glastonbury, T In The Park and V Festival have seen Muse become the undisputed kings of UK rock music, and last week you voted them Band of the Summer in the Great NME Festival Poll 2004 to prove it.

Shortly before jetting off to Australia for yet more dates, Matt Bellamy took time to tell NME.COM about their future plans – and revealed that their new songs have taken unlikely inspiration from The Strokes.

He said: “They sound like a heavier version of The Strokes I suppose. They’re not necessarily tracks that would make it onto the next album. We’re working on a lot of different tracks, but usually the stuff we play live early doesn’t make it onto the album, but I think we need to start moving forward and start playing some new stuff, whatever it is.”

Matt explained the unlikely link between Muse and his favourite New Yorkers. He said “I really like the fast tempo and really melodic stuff. I don’t think people would ever hear that within our songs because we’re a different style, but I think there’s some really strong melodies and some of that has really stuck with me.”

But fans of the big music can rest assured that the UK’s premier space-rockers aren’t about to turn into a garage band.

“I’ve got one song that has definitely gone further,” said Matt, “a fair bit further! I’m not sure how it’s going to be recorded. I think it’s a new category of epicness! But a lot of the stuff is a bit more stripped down, a bit more minimal and a bit more exposed as a three-piece band. I think it’s something we always try to do, but something happens and we just get carried away and it all just goes kind of overboard. I think there’s just this in-built thing in us that is always likely to take something to its furthest extreme. And I think we’re always trying to taper that with pulling back and being more minimal in our arrangements. With what we do there’ll always be that contradiction within songs and within albums between minimal straightforward stuff and ridiculously complex stuff.”

The band release a new single, ’Butterflies And Hurricanes’, on Monday (September 20).