We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. 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 2nd Law: Unsustainable’.”
That’s drummer Dom Howard speaking to NMEon Muse’s sixth studio album The 2nd Law. Singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy followed up:
Some of that hard dubstep and brostep coming from America, is capturing the imagination. The moshpit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we’re trying to see if we can challenge the laptop. We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments. We wanted to ask, ‘Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?’
The 2nd Law is out September 18th via Helium 3/Warner Bros. Watch the album’s dubstep-flavored teaser trailer below.