Muse On 'The 2nd Law': 'We're Singing About Relationships For The First Time'

Muse have spoken about their forthcoming album "The 2nd Law" and have revealed it is much more personal record than their previous efforts.

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Muse have spoken about their forthcoming album "The 2nd Law" and have revealed it is much more personal record than their previous efforts.

"The 2nd Law" is due to be released on October 1 in the UK and October 2 in the US. It includes new singles "Madness" and "Survival" as well as dubstep-influenced track "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable". The 13-track album is the follow-up to 2009's "The Resistance" and has been recorded in London.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald about the record, Matt Bellamy revealed that he has been writing about his own private life for the first time since the band's 1999 debut album "Showbiz".

He said of this: "We're singing about things like relationships for the first time. Actually, I did that for a bit on the first album [1999's 'Showbiz'] but then I started doing interviews and thought, 'Oh my God, I can't answer these questions they're getting too personal'. So that's when we started getting all conceptual and pretending the album was about the end of the world, or whatever."

Bellamy also spoke about the band's ambitions for the album and said that the band are always looking to break "new ground and find new sounds to play with".

He added: "Every album we do we try to find new ground and new sounds to play with and new instruments, new styles of songwriting and new styles of production. Because change is what creates momentum in a band and I think we're lucky, all three of us are very open to exploring new avenues."

He continued: "So with this album we just set out on this same old objective that we normally have and just discovered some new things along the way."

The Devon trio will tour the UK in October, playing five shows. The gigs begin at Glasgow's SECC on October 24, before the band move onto London's O2 Arena for two shows on October 26 and 27. They then play Birmingham LG Arena on October 30 before finishing up at Manchester Arena on November 1.

The band will also play the iTunes Festival this month, headlining London's Roundhouse on September 30.

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    YES, Ultimate Guitar got through a article without trying to insult them for doing dubstep or using the word slam!
    "We're singing about relationships for the first time" "Actually, I did that for a bit on the first album[...] that's when we started getting all conceptual and pretending the album was about the end of the world, or whatever." So, in short, they have ALWAYS been doing it...
    Yeah I was thinking that haha Funny I was only watching an old interview yesterday and they were asked what 'Plug In Baby' was about and he got all awkward and gave the most nonsensical answer possible
    Yea there have always been songs in their arsenal about relationships and all. I think he's just trying to say the main focus is about relationships now whereas before it was just a subject to give some variety to their apocalyptic message. Either way I'm real curious how it turns out.
    So then what are Invincible, Falling Away with You, Map of the Problematique, and Endlessly about then?
    Matt said in an interview a couple months ago Map of the Problematique was on the third album. He can be pretty forgetful about his own work. But there is truth that this album is a lot more personal than the last one, maybe even the last two.
    I think you're confusing writing about relationships with writing about personal relationships. Muse have always written about relationships, but since Showbiz it hasn't sounded like their own but rather the relationships of characters they have envisaged in their crazy, apocalyptic scenarios.
    I'm pretty sure I've read that Matt has changed some lyrics of songs when performing live to reflect his personal relationships. I think I read this about Map of the Problematique where Matt sings "Since I met you" on the album and live he now sings "Since I lost you". I think that is pretty personal.
    Misleading title is misleading. Matt was talking about disliking singing about his personal relationships, but the title of the article sounds like it was referring to them in general.
    It also says in the title '...for the first time' whereas the article adds 'the first time since Showbiz.' Lazy journalism. I know UG gets a lot of people whinging about the quality of writing on here, and sometimes it's unwarranted, but they really don't do themselves any favours!
    The title should have been "Matt Bellamy slams singing about relationships"
    It's true. They've had a great formula for writing lyrics that sound like they're about relationships but are actually something deeper.
    "Faggy fanboy." First of all, Matt is loads better today than he was in 2001. He didn't quit the band. He didn't go out and venture for world peace. Your allusion holds no ground at all.
    I know it's classed as witless and childish to just insult people in the comments section, but you seem really, really stupid.
    The cover for the single "Invincible" was a picture of two people kissing, and you've never sang about relationships before?
    I don't know..maybe he's directly addressing his relationships now with this album since Showbiz, but after all, it's Matt Bellamy .
    I think the confusion on the subject matter of the article is really the fault of most of the readers. Understand that he said he was singing about personal relationships for the first time since Showbiz, nothing was said along the lines that he never sung about relationships at all. Most of the songs people are using as references to say they've been writing relationship songs have to read deeper into the article and the lyrics. Damn people, perspective.
    I can really relate to dis man. Chocolate i think. I dunno. Explain it to me. I still don`t understand eet.
    Unintended, Invincible, Neutron Star Collision, I Belong to You, Undisclosed Desires, the list would go on and on and on.