It was a pretty generous move, but with an album of such scope — and songs of such magnitude — 30-seconds just aren't enough. Muse fans needed more. And we know, because we felt the same way.
Luckily MTV News recently ventured to the English countryside to chat with two-thirds of the band (frontman Matthew Bellamy and drummer Dominic Howard) about a couple of the songs on The Resistance, the epic, arching "United States Of Eurasia" and the first single; a spacey stomper called "Uprising" (which they'll perform at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards). Oh and for whatever reason, Bellamy and Howard were accompanied by a bulgy dude in a Captain America outfit, who spent the majority of our interview hanging from a tree in the background.
Anyway, here's Muse — or, more specifically, Bellamy — getting in-depth about two of the most important tracks on their highly conceptual (and conceptually high) new album, The Resistance.
"United States Of Eurasia"
Matthew Bellamy: "[That] was probably the first song anyone heard off our new album. It's a song about the grandiose, megalomaniacal geo-strategy of foreign-policy advisors who talk about Eurasia and the world as some kind of chessboard to play games on. So the track on the first part is really over-the-top, trying to capture that megalomaniac vibe, the end of the track sort of has this weird piano part with the sound of innocent kids and warfare and stuff, which is kind of the aftermath that happens after all this grad strategizing, that's the part we're calling 'Collateral Damage' at the ending. The track's got lots of different influences on there, Middle Eastern [music], '70s prog music, some big choir parts on there ... it's one of my favorite songs on the album."
Bellamy: " 'Uprising' is one of the key tracks on the album — it's the first track on the album, it kind of sums up what some of the album's about. You know, just sick of all these bloody bankers, politicians ... just turning everything to a load of bollocks. Just spending money on sh-- and blowing everything. So it's kind of like a song that says, 'Take the power back, but have a good time at the same time.' Have a good time all the time, that's what we believe."