Muse on ‘Drones’: ‘It’s the sound of us being very experimental and losing our minds a bit’

Band say they 'lost sight of ourselves' with previous album 'The 2nd Law'

Muse have discussed their forthcoming album ‘Drones’ in a new interview with NME.

The band, who release their seventh studio album in June, spoke to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, revealing how they approached the record following 2012’s electronic-leaning predecessor ‘The 2nd Law’.

“By our standards, [‘Drones’] is back to basics,” drummer Dom Howard said. “Yeah, it’s layered and bombastic, but the start of that process was very different to how we normally do it.” Howard continued to described the band’s return to recording as a group unit, “For the first time, he three of us in a room, eyeballing each other again. I think on ‘The 2nd Law’, producing it ourselves, we spent so much time in the control room that we lost sight of ourselves as a band.”

Howard added, “We wanted to push the boat out on ‘Drones’. For that reason, it’s very diverse – it’s the sound of us being very experimental and losing our minds a bit.”

Frontman Matt Bellamy also discussed the album’s title track, which features Bellamy closing the album with a sort-of choral hymn, “My mother… my father my sister my brother my son my daughter… killed by drones. Can you feel anything? Are you dead inside? Now you can kill from the safety of your home with drones. Amen”.

“It’s a lament for the victims,” Bellamy said of the song. “It ends on this ghostly chorus of the forgotten. They will never see justice, and they have been killed by a robot. There’s something inherently tragic about humanity there.”

Read the full NME interview with Muse.

Matt Bellamy recently claimed that ‘Drones’ is Muse’s best album, admitting, “That’s not something I’ve been able to say for a while.”

The band’s latest single ‘Mercy’ was premiered on Monday (May 18) and is the fourth song to be previewed from their upcoming record, following ‘Psycho’, ‘Reapers’ and ‘Dead Inside’. Watch the lyric video for ‘Mercy’ here.