Muse releases its seventh studio album, Drones, on Tuesday (June 9th). The disc finds the British trio moving away from the electronic and orchestral experiments of its previous two efforts and performing more as a straightforward rock band. To help get the sound they wanted, the band worked with legendary producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, known for producing landmark rock records like AC/DC‘s Back In Black and Def Leppard‘s Hysteria.
Drummer Dominic Howard told us about working in the studio with the mysterious, reclusive Lange:
“He’s a legend. He’s just like so detailed in everything that he does. He has this amazing attention to detail that we couldn’t believe. He would like turn up at the studio eight o’clock in the morning and leave at two o’clock in the morning, you know, after everyone else has left, and his ability to kind of hold his musical attention for that length of time kind of blew everyone’s mind. So he was kind of insane — he was like borderline madness and genius.”
The first official single from Drones, “Dead Inside,” was Muse’s fourth Number One song at Modern Rock radio.
Drones is Muse’s first full-on concept album, with frontman Matt Bellamy explaining recently. “Drones explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors.”
Bassist Chris Wolstenholme told Music Feeds last week that the band would be interested in turning Drones into a stage musical at some point.
Drones follows up 2012’s The 2nd Law, which featured the chart-topping “Madness” and the Number Two single “Panic Station.”