Muse: 'We Tried To Make Anti-Dubstep With 'Unsustainable''

A brand new interview with Muse aired on NME Radio, in which the band address the "dubstep" rumours surrounding their new album.

Muse: 'We Tried To Make Anti-Dubstep With 'Unsustainable''
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A brand new interview with Muse aired on NME Radio, in which the band address the "dubstep" rumours surrounding their new album. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme admitted that there is a dubstep influence on the song "Unsustainable", but added that the whole point was to create that sound with real instruments instead of computers and technology. "It was almost a sort of anti-dubstep in a way," he said. "We like that kind of music, more so for the sounds really. The sounds that are used in dubstep are so extreme. It's like this sonic assault on your ears." He added that "Unsustainable" is "the most 'out there' thing on the album" and not representative of the record as a whole. Muse debuted their brand new single "Madness", which is taken from "The 2nd Law", the follow-up to 2009's "The Resistance". 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. Thanks for the report to NME.

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    withoutanyname
    The 'dubstep' part of the song sounds like one of their famous live jams when Matthew just play random things while the others just keep the rythym going. The thing I don't understand is people kept asking for this kind of jam on a release, and now that there's one, everyone's upset about their 'new style'.
    Oyface
    Well, I bet that if they marketed it as "Experimental electro-rock" or someshit, instead of "dubstep", the opinions would be really different. The word "Dubstep" seems to set off some people.
    ramorite
    whydoes everyone have to judge the album before it comes out? theres one song that sounds dubstep-like, and everyone suddenely thinks the whole album is going to be trash? so what if theres one dubstep song. hell, so what if theres two? muse have never failed to amaze me so far and I think the album will be stellar even with one or two dubstep songs. It's going to be different from the other albums, just like all the other albums were different from eachother!
    metalplayer0-1
    I'm not sure a guitar with a Kaoss pad hooked up to a laptop counts as making dubstep with 'real' instruments either..
    Molomono
    A kaoss pad isn't anything more than a multieffects pedal to be honest. Basically it is used for panning the EQ manually, any other effect coming out of the thing could be reproduced on a pedal board. So yes, all the sound you are hearing is acoustically recorded and that's what they meant.
    minieme007
    Actually if you watch the covers on youtube, you can see how Matt does it, and the Kaoss Pad is only really used for one beat every two measures or so
    BjarnedeGraaf
    he's not using the kaoss pad is he? i didn't think i've seen it in the clip anyway
    GNRAGE_2010
    It sound like most of it is done with a slide and then with the choppier sounding parts he brings the slide up the neck and uses the kill switch method to make it stutter. I may be wrong though
    BjarnedeGraaf
    "He added that "Unsustainable" is "the most 'out there' thing on the album" and not representative of the record as a whole." This makes me worry less about the new album
    moody git
    aside from the fact that i didn't quite catch what you are trying to say, does that mean someone playing keyboard through a computer as a piano sampler, isn't in fact making music?
    Diony x
    UG has come more and more addicted to post about muse and mustaine. Wouldn't mind of little more interesting topics
    adodin
    Hoh boy... I guess John Cage, Edgard Varesse as well as every single member of the musique concrete and elektronischemusik schools of music that started in the early 20th century had no respect for music. Thank you for redefining my view of some of the world's most respected progressive composers, musicians, music theorists, musicologists, intellects and philosophes. The limitations that all the "non-teenagers," according to the definition that MuseicianX, have considered for what constitutes an instrument have not been seriously considered in the classical tradition for over a century. Anything that produces noise of any kind can be used as an instrument, I mean look up John Cage's Water Music for an example. he doesn't use a single traditional instrument for the entire thing or his entire percussive music catalogue. If "respecting" music is being reactionary and imposing meaningless limitations on artistic expression, then I do not want any part in this "respect" of yours.
    skidlz
    Yeah **** Muse for making dubstep with guitars and **** Tom Morello for jumping on the hip-hop bandwagon by making his guitar sound like a turntable. Screw those guys for being creative and inventive. Okay, hip-hop then and dubstep today may be mainsteam but how cool is it to take our instruments and hijack their sound and blend it with ours? The rappers and R&B "artists" have proven they aren't that creative; all they do is sample cool rock or metal songs. They don't create music. Let Muse do what they've always done and be progressive. Just because they've made this album sound this way doesn't mean the next one will be more of the same.
    baumaxx1
    Just saying it's pretty a pretty boring, repetitive song that isn't dynamic. Did not really capture my attention; it's like an interlude or loading screen music or something. Just saying... if they have a proper dubstep song on the album it better mix it with raw rock energy; the Prodigy, Pendulum and Does it Offend You Yeah? do and they seem to be doing it quite well. ... and Tom Morello used it in a way we haven't heard before. People have been making electronic music with guitars for a while and I was hoping for a weird hybrid sound that you couldn't just achieve with a synth.
    KingOfLimbs94
    I think everyone is going a bit over the top about their new music, whether it be positive/negative, everyone just need to calm down a bit, that being said, I like their new stuff.
    SweepSDMF
    You interact with it, it makes sounds, its an instrument. I hate all this elitist crap.
    Freshfresh83
    i don't remember making 'dubstep' sounds come out of just my guitar and amp?? maybe i need some more 'instruments' like a kaoss pad and laptop... i love the track but come on guys, its not 'just instruments'
    tvdinnerguy7
    What he means by using just instruments is by using the kaoss pad he is still manually and phisically manipulating the sound instead of just programming it to fire of at certain points during of the song on a laptop. true he uses a laptop to put the sounds on to the kaoss pad but he physically manipulates the pad to do certain things. Personally I'm not a big dubstep fan but I have a greater appreciation for the way Muse makes it.
    Superperfex
    The laptop is not an instrument. However, it's a tool created to make music. In order for something to be constituted as an instrument, you must be able to recreate the sound live without any backtrack.
    JohnnyApplecore
    Whether you like the band or not, it's apparent that they have talent in their own right. And whether you like the genre or not, there's also some good dubstep out there (as is the case with most forms of music). But "Unsustainable" does very little justice to either, in my honest opinion. If one wants to see dubstep performed with live instruments - Pinn Panelle's cover of Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites is a good place to start, even if you're not a fan of the original song.
    iommi600
    And now, all the people hating before will start giving them a ton of fellatio again.
    JPScralatchtica
    Anything can be an instrument. Especially a laptop. And believe me, computers have been used as instruments for a very long time.
    RC52190
    I've been reading the same 13 articles about the same 8 bands for the past 10 months now. Let's freshen it up a bit, huh, UG?
    GeekInThePink
    I don't like that he had to defend himself for making something awesome. Whatever you want to call it, "Unsustainable" is freaking awesome.
    Chronologo
    well commited, there are ppl who can't "sustain" the dubstep inside the album (me included)
    stickman31
    Anti-Dubstep? Pfffft the only way to make it anti-dubstep is to make it good....
    OMGitsBRIEN
    Muse was dubstep before dubstep was dubstep. Now it just has a name.
    JPScralatchtica
    True!
    ...just listen to the solo. He's been playing it like this live forever. This video is from 2007. It has all the elements of today's "dubstep" and he is actually physically manipulating that sound...it is not a prerecorded computer generated noise. And for those of you saying that you can't use a computer as an instrument, then why the f**k can you use an effects pedal? Pedals do not create natural guitar tones and most of them are digital now anyway...you don't even have to manipulate them anymore with things like autowah and vibrato. And why stop there, let's go back to the early days of rock and roll. People made the same arguments about amplified instruments and any hint of distortion. "It's not real music." Well, that was an ignorant claim back then and it's an ignorant claim today. You still have to have musical talent to know how to arrange the music that a computer makes. It's just a new sound. Honestly, I don't understand why there's so much hate on dubstep. It's a sound. You should be hating on dance music if you wanted to hate on a genre.
    LaughingWater2
    Backwards Tape Machines, Vocoders and Sequencers Arent Instuments so i guess the Beatles, Pink Floyd And Kraftwerk all need to be burned at the cross too for not Playing it on a instrument
    bassisfun
    I really like Muse, I really do, but UG just seems to be fishing for articles and its turning a lot to Muse. I miss the times when it was all about Axl and the Gallagher brothers and I would get excited when there was something new on Muse.