MUSE

Love in­spires sta­dium rock­ers.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - writes Kathy McCabe

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.

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