Love inspires stadium rockers.
ANY future fights in the Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson household will be settled in quick and emphatic fashion.
All the lady of the house will have to do is put on Muse’s most beautiful love song to date, their current single
Madness. Argument over. ‘‘ You’re exactly right!’’ Bellamy says. ‘‘ What have I done? That song is about having a fight and I thought most men could relate to when you get to that point in the fight where you go, ‘ Whatever, she was right, of course she was right!’.’’
At first listen, a love song would seem an incongruous addition to the collection of bombastic- themed tracks that make up the British stadium rockers’ sixth studio album,
The 2nd Law.
As Bellamy explains, the title pertains to the second law of thermodynamics. This, of course, is no surprise from a band whose previous song titles include Supermassive Black
Hole and Exogenesis: Symphony Part
2 ( Cross- Pollination). Yet for every lyric inspired by scientific concepts, there is a subtext that hails from much closer to home.
Follow Me begins with the foetal heartbeat of baby Bingham, the first son of the frontman and Hudson, and is inescapably Bellamy’s ode to fatherhood.
‘‘ I think in the past I have been interested and stimulated by the chaos of this life; now I’m not sure if I want chaos, which is probably one of the positive effects of having children,’’ he says, laughing.
‘‘ In the wake of the London riots, looking at what happened I did feel a slight sense of responsibility relating to the subject matter of the songs.
‘‘ In my personal life, a massive amount of responsibility has emerged and is looping back into the song writing.’’
The Big Freeze is also cleverly metaphoric, using another physics concept to address a relationship in turmoil. However, the album isn’t just Bellamy’s personal manifesto, with
Save Me and Liquid State written and sung by bassist Chris Wolstenholme and inspired by his battle with alcoholism.
For all the seriousness of their lyrical intent, the trio ( pictured), including drummer Dominic Howard, amuse themselves endlessly with just how over- the- top they have become.
Like a postmodern love child of Pink Floyd and Queen, Muse can get away with anything these days.
‘‘ Before this album, we told ourselves ‘ f--- it, let’s go there!’ It’s fun to go there,’’ Bellamy says.
So they wrote Survival for the London Olympics and performed it at the closing ceremony, almost getting flamed by the fire pots that ringed the front of the stage.
Bellamy remembers thinking the band had reached the point of no return when they went to Los Angeles to record the male choir parts at the famed Capitol Records Studios.
‘‘ When we turned the faders up and could hear those tenors in full flight, we literally cried with laughter, it sounded like Monty Python,’’ he says.
What sounded even more ridiculous was the speculation that The 2nd Law would be a dubstep record. When the first taste of the record,
Unsustainable, hit the internet and Bellamy mentioned Skrillex in a sentence, fans and critics became confused about the band’s next step. It is a huge relief to hear The 2nd
Law and realise Muse are about as dubstep as Taylor Swift.
Their management was so concerned about the confusion caused by that song that interviewers were politely cautioned not to ask questions about dubstep. Silly, right?
‘‘ I think when people heard that song and then Survival and then Madness, they probably are left with no clue as to what the album is going to be,’’ Bellamy says, laughing.
Now they face the thrilling challenge of taking The 2nd Law to the world’s biggest stadiums, the only setting the larger- than- life rock band can fit into.
Bellamy loves that they have reached the point of no return with their live show.
While they have been part of the Big Day Out family for a decade, Muse are planning on their own outdoor arena tour of Australia next year.