15 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MUSE
Muse (English – muse) is a British rock band formed in 1994 in the city of Teignmouth (county Devon).
The group consists of three members: Matthew Bellamy (vocals, guitar, keys), Chris Wolstenholm (bass, back vocals, vocals) and Dominic Howard (drums).
In total, Muse released seven studio albums and four live albums with sales exceeding 15 million, and also won MTV Europe Music Awards, Q Awards, NME Awards, Brit Awards, Kerrang! Awards, Grammy and other awards, mainly received for concert performances.
Until the age of 13, Matthew Bellamy thought about the career of a classical or jazz pianist. At age 12, he won the talent contest with Ray Charles’s song “What’d I Say.” “This was my first performance, and the first time I was applauded. There were about 30 children in the hall, and I thought: this is high! It seems that I understood what I wanted to do.”
For Muse’s first album, “Showbiz”, about 70 different compositions were composed. The task for the group was to choose the best, which, in fact, they coped with. The album was released in 1999.
In the same year, the team performed at Viper Club, which at that time was owned by Johnny Depp. After this performance, Muse was signed to a big label. Thanks to this event, Showbiz also entered the United States.
Muse musicians are fans of Queen, as well as Tom Waits.
Presentation of the album “Absolution” took place at the planetarium. What is noteworthy, in the same way one of the Pink Floyd records was presented.
Muse supports budding rock musicians, thus occasionally performing in small groups.
Matt Bellamy records vocals in the studio with bare feet, as he claims, this additionally creates the atmosphere.
Also, vocalist Muse is interested in life outside the Earth.
In the process of recording the album “Ressistance”, the musicians acquired canned goods worth 500 pounds. Such an event occurred due to the fact that at the studio the musicians talked about the end of the world, as a result, Mat left and returned with 12 kg of canned fish.
During a performance on an Italian television channel, the group switched places, but nobody noticed this, because the songs had to be performed to the soundtrack.
Some compositions were composed under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
The song “Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist” (2:04) uses the sound recorded at the moment when Chris jumped into the pool, which was in the studio. The composition “The Small Print” (2:51) used a recording of cat meow.
During Muse’s second visit to Russia in 2002, the guys asked the promoter to take them to an underground club (it was in St. Petersburg). The organizers understood the request literally and took them to a nightclub located in the former bomb shelter. A huge bouncer locked the door behind them as soon as they entered inside. “The club was full of people who injected themselves with drugs. Used syringes were lying on the floor. We stayed there just so that our care did not seem to flee. Then we were taken to the strip club. It seems that this was the only place open late at night in an environment that didn’t look like disgusting scenery for the film “On the Needle”.
When recording the song “Screenager”, animal bones and llama claws were used as percussion. Producer John Lecky was looking for suitable sounds, and the guys walked around the packaging film and the newspapers. Chris recalls: “We spent more time on this than on the music itself.” As for suitable percussion for the ending of the song “Space Dementia”, the band members tried shakers, salt shakers and pepper shakers, rubbed their palms together, but as a result settled on that to use the zipper on Matt’s pants by passing sound through a microphone.
When Dominic Howard met Matthew Bellamy, his future bandmate did not know anything about fashionable music at that time. Bellamy was from a sports party, and the House belonged to indie kid – long hair, Dr. boots Martens, baggy trousers in bright colors, that is, the classic style of the 90s. The next meeting of two teenagers took place in Matt’s house. Howard included various albums for him, and then asked him to play something on the guitar. The odd guy in the ridiculous Umbro tracksuit turned out to be a talented musician, and Dom invited him to join his band Gothic Plague.