Muse’s Matt Bellamy: ‘I always perceived Obama as a likeable guy, but he makes kill decisions’

The frontman explains the inspiration behind new album 'Drones'

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has explained the inspiration behind his band’s upcoming album ‘Drones’.

The group release the LP, previously described as “a modern metaphor for what it is to lose empathy”, in June, with Bellamy recently speaking to Rolling Stone about the release.

The singer has revealed 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 says. “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.”

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, the band’s bassist Chris Wolstenholme discusses Muse’s forthcoming headline set at Download Festival, suggesting that they’ll play rare tracks and heavier material.

Muse’s seventh studio album ‘Drones’ is due for release on June 8 and is the follow up to 2012’s ‘The 2nd Law’.