Muse intends to get back to basics on its seventh studio album, according to a new interview with Radio.com. After experimenting with electronic music on last year’s The 2nd Law, frontman Matt Bellamy said that the band will be going for a more raw approach on its next effort. The singer-guitarist explained, “The last two albums, we sort of veered away from our instruments a little bit. We sort of focused on things like synthesizers, drum machines and various electronics and stuff. I kind of feel like on this next album, we’re going to veer back towards musicianship again and focusing on our own instruments: guitar, bass and drums. It’s probably going to be a bit of a rawer album, and definitely a bit more rock, I’d say.”
We asked Muse drummer Dominic Howard if the trio ever feels pressure as they’re going into the studio to begin work on a new project: “I don’t think so, no. I mean, we never really feel like we’ve got too much pressure on ourselves in the studio. You know, if we find ourselves having pressure or feeling like we have pressure, you know, I don’t think you necessarily work in your best capacity when you’ve got that pressure. I think we like to feel like very relaxed and comfortable, and when we’re in that situation at least, between the three of us, it feels like a much more creative environment.”
One thing that’s not clear is how the band will release its next record, since The 2nd Law was its last under its contract with the Warner Music Group.
Bellamy admitted he’s not sure what the band will do next with regards to distributing it music, saying, “It’s a bit early to say. The main focus is we’re gonna record a bunch of music, probably a conceptual album of some kind, so it probably will be album length. But how we release it is up for debate.”
The next Muse disc probably won’t be ready until early 2015, and at that time, Bellamy added, “We’ll just look at what’s going on and make a judgment in the moment rather than thinking ahead, because things are changing so quickly.”
In the meantime, Muse will issue a Blu-ray/DVD titled Muse — Live At Rome Olympic Stadium next Tuesday (December 3rd). The concert film was shot in front of a sold-out audience of more than 60,000 fans using state-of-the-art high-definition 4K cameras with four times the resolution of standard motion picture images.