Devonshire space-rawk trio Muse have revealed that they've begun work on their new record.
Speaking to NME, frontman Matt Bellamy revealed: "We've just started writing songs for the new album, whatever it's going to be, you know? It's going great, we just started... It's really about getting back together and getting the ball rolling again and seeing whether it'll roll."
Drummer Dom Howard told BBC 6Music:“It’s going really good (sic). We’ve got a studio in Italy now [we're guessing in or near Matt's house]. It’s our place and it’s really wicked."
"We’ve been 'off' the creative period for so long, being on tour, y'know? So once you get back together you have to start thinking that kind of way, so you have to push that ball and get it rolling."
There's that ball again.
“You get a whole bunch of ideas in the can and it’s not until later on that you actually decide what they should sound like and where they should go. But it’s a really exciting time.
"Other than that we're doing a whole bunch of gigs – V Festival, a little tour of South America and a few gigs in Ireland. Not forgetting how to play live. That’s what we're trying to do!"
However, with their summer shows (they're headlining V again) and, potentially, this next record, don't expect things to be as big and Flaming Lips-esque, as Matt recently explained to the Irish Times:
"I noticed something quite strange, we all noticed it, and it's happened on quite a few occasions. During the last tour, it was about 18 months altogether, the shows were quite large. Even in America they were like arenas. So straight from the off, I noticed that the first gig we did, in Bilbao in Spain - that was the first proper production gig that kicked things off - my first reaction was that the crowd seemed quieter than normal.
"I think that when you create a massive visual show, then the audience tends to watch more than jump around. That kind of rubbed off on the way we performed. I think we played slightly more polished than we normally would.
"So in the future, I think we definitely want to mix it up more. This last album was written for a large show all the way through; if you stay like that forever, you do lose something. This year, we may not go over-the-top spectacular. I think we might keep it a bit more raw."
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