Muse on ‘Drones’: ‘This is our best album, we haven’t been able to say that for a while’

The band release their seventh studio album in June

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has labelled the band’s upcoming new album ‘Drones’ as the group’s “best”.

The band release their seventh studio album ‘Drones’ on June 8, their follow-up to 2012’s ‘The 2nd Law’. Speaking to IHeartRadio recently, Bellamy said that he would recommend new listeners of Muse to start with this forthcoming release.

“On the last album [‘The 2nd Law’], we experimented a lot and did a lot that was outside of our genre. We got into electronic music. Now on the album we thought it would be good to go back to a more ‘rock’ sound,” Bellamy said.


“I can say this: this album is our best album,” he added. “I haven’t been able to say that for a while, but this album is our best album – so feel free to start on this one, just don’t worry about the others.”

Watch the video interview in full below.

Matt Bellamy recently spoke about the inspiration behind ‘Drones’ in a new interview, revealing that he was reading the book Predators: The CIA’s Drone War On Al Qaeda by Professor Brian Glyn Williams while writing the album.

“I was shocked. I didn’t know how prolific drone usage has been,” he told Rolling Stone. “I always perceived Obama as an all-around likable guy. But from reading the book, you find out that most mornings he wakes up, has a breakfast and then goes down to the war room and makes what they call ‘kill decisions.’ He makes that decision based on a long chain of intelligence people who, as we all know, can be very unreliable.”

Muse’s new album ‘Drones’: everything we know so far


Bellamy also explains how being able to play every song live was what motivated the band and informed their songwriting. “Our intention was to go back to how we made music in the early stages of our career,” he adds, “when we were more like a standard three-piece rock band with guitar, bass and drums.”

“We probably spent more time in the control room, fiddling with knobs and synths and computers and drum machines than actually playing together as a band. As I look back at the last three albums, each one had progressively less and less songs that we could play live.”