Muse plan to fly drones over audiences at live dates

Band also reveal 'Drones' is a concept album with narrative structure

Muse have said they plan to fly drones over audiences at forthcoming live dates.

The trio’s seventh studio album, ‘Drones’ is released on June 8, and the group’s Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard have revealed the extent of the concept in a new interview with Alt 98.7 in Los Angeles – listen to the full thing below.

Speaking about their live plans, Bellamy said: “We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there. Drones are obviously an interesting thing to try to bring into the live show so we’re going to try and do that. There’s going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over, but the general thing idea is that as the tour starts that we’ll be using flying objects.

The frontman also explained that the album has a full narrative arc involving an individual joining the army. Asked if it’s a concept album, Bellamy said: “Yeah, pretty much, yeah. But it’s not a strict concept in the way that Pink Floyd did it; the songs work in their own right independently, but they gel together based on the concept of drones. The vague narrative follows a kind of protagonist who goes through this journey of losing everything and sort of feeling like being brainwashed, being drawn into the military and becoming a person who feels like they’ve lost their soul, then eventually coming back and rediscovering it and fighting back against the systems that oppressed them – that journey takes place across the first eight songs of the album and then the ending of the album is a separate epilogue of sorts.”

Bellamy also revealed that a track called ‘[JFK]’ uses a speech by former US president John F. Kennedy about “human strength, human spirit and the desire that we all have for freedom”.

Speaking about the title and subject matter, Bellamy said: “It’s basically I’m interested in what drones represent from a technological point of view, it’s a point in time where these machines are starting to emerge. It’s the kind of thing where when we grew up we watched things like Terminator 2 and you’d see these kind of things happening in the future but we’re kind of there now, so I thought it was an interesting topic to sing about and talk about – what it means, what it means for humans’ involvement, humans’ emotions being taken out of the equation in things like warfare and so on, so I just thought it would be an interesting topic to tackle, but you don’t need to know that to enjoy the album – there’s a bunch of cool riffs on there.”

Muse headline this year’s Download festival, which takes place June 12-14 at Donington Park. Slipknot and Kiss will also top the bill. Other acts to play include Faith No More, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Slash, L7, Enter Shikari, Marilyn Manson, Andrew WK, A and Rise Against.

The ‘Drones’ tracklisting is:

‘Dead Inside’
‘[Drill Sergeant]’
‘Psycho’
‘Mercy’
‘Reapers’
‘The Handler’
‘[JFK]’
‘Defector’
‘Revolt’
‘Aftermath’
‘The Globalist’
‘Drones’