Muse drummer Dominic Howard said in a new interview with NME that the British trio was inspired by dubstep artist Skrillex when it wrote the track "Unsustainable" for its upcoming album The 2nd Law. Howard recalled, "We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. We went, 'F***, it's so heavy,' loved it. It was like a full metal gig, they had circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn't seen a reaction like that to electronic music before."
Frontman Matt Bellamy added, "The moshpit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we're trying to see if we can challenge the laptop. We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments. We wanted to ask, 'Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?'"
"Unsustainable" will be the first official single from The 2nd Law and will arrive sometime in mid-August.
The album itself, the band's sixth studio effort and first since 2009's The Resistance, is due for release on September 18th.
Another song that appears on the album, "Survival," was recently selected as the official theme for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Other songs on the 13-track set include "Supremacy," "Madness," "Panic Station," "Prelude," "Follow Me," "Animals," "Explorers," "Big Freeze," "Save Me," "Liquid State" and "The 2nd Law: Isolated System."