Muse on brostep: "Can rock bands compete?"

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“We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. We went, ‘Fuck, it’s so heavy,’ loved it. I 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. We took inspiration…”

UK stadium rockers Muse turned a few heads last month when they released a trailer for their upcoming The 2nd Law album, hinting they’d be dabbling in dubstep. In an interview with NME this week, drummer Dom Howard revealed the band was indeed inspired by the righteous lord of brostep himself, Skrillex. The band’s comments also shed light on just how much U.S. dubstep has tapped into the energy of hard rock and heavy metal; it might be light years away from the UK soundsystem origins of the sound, but it’s been a source of inspiration nonetheless.

Singer Matt Bellamy had even more to add. “Some of that hard dubstep and brostep coming from America, is capturing the imagination. 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?’”

You can make up your own mind as to whether they’ve pulled it off when The 2nd Law drops on September 17. Meanwhile, Muse are destined to be in your face plenty over the coming weeks, as their song Survival has been chosen as the official track for the London 2012 Olympics. It’s the most bombastic Muse song ever, and that’s saying something.


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lawlietskyy said on the 26th Jul, 2012

Why would you want to compete with sh*tstep


B_e_de said on the 26th Jul, 2012

Further Matt Bellamy slips. Down down down.


baax said on the 26th Jul, 2012

I don't agree with the idea the Muse are turning to shit, I've always thought they were shit


jamwildway said on the 27th Jul, 2012

Muse were shit, now they may be heading in the right direction. I can't wait to listen to their new Dubstep sound


cheechvda said on the 27th Jul, 2012

This article made me feel blessed that I dont listen to either of them.


C0SMA said on the 27th Jul, 2012

I've always been a huge Muse fan, up until their latest album (with the symphony). I pretty much got over them after how disappointed I was by it, but now I find myself going back and listening to their older tracks and they are still sick. I was keen to hear their new album once I heard that trailer about a month back, but hearing that they took inspiration from Skrillex is a bit frightening... hopefully it doesn't sound too much like him.


Sweave said on the 27th Jul, 2012

another sheep following the herd


CircusMidget said on the 29th Jul, 2012

bros were the tuffest boyband of all time