Muse Explain Dubstep Approach, Blame Skrillex

Muse trace back their new influence, and reassure fans that it's only a partial exploration of sound.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Fans who've been alarmed by Muse's recent dabblings in the world of Optimus Prime masturbating with a broken fax machine dubstep will be relieved to hear that the band only features a touch of the trend-riding electronica genre on their upcoming new album The 2nd Law. Not only that, but we've finally traced the source of the contamination – and damnit, we find ourselves staring at Skrillex's pockmarked face once again.

"We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October," drummer Dom Howard told NME in reference to the band's new influence. "We went, 'Fuck, it's so heavy,' loved it. I was like a full metal gig, they had circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn't seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration and came up with [the song] 'The 2nd Law: Unsustainable.'"

Singer Matt Bellamy added his thoughts about the "moshpit [moving] from guitars and [going] towards the laptop," reminding fans that only one or two songs will contain traces of the influence. The trak in question is is "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable," which, in an impressive saving grace for rock purists, was constructed with analog instruments only: "We wanted to ask, 'Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?'"

Other sonic features on The 2nd Law include a "jazzy brass number" and a few "quite minimal" tracks. We have a feeling Skrillex has nothing at all to do with those jams.

The album is due September 17, about a month and a half after the gang's Olympics theme opens the games with classic Muse epicness in London this Friday. Check out the video for the band's new song "Survival" right here


The 2nd Law Tracklisting:


. "Supremacy"

. "Madness"

. "Panic Station"

. "Prelude"

. "Survival"

. "Follow Me"

. "Animals"

. "Explorers"

. "Big Freeze"

. "Save Me"

. "Liquid State"

. "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable"

. "The 2nd Law: Isolated System"