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Muse started out as a bunch of moody, Radiohead-esque indie kids that liked to rock out.

Early single Muscle Museum, with its alarmingly depressing video full of miserable people crying their eyes out, was all operatic vocals and throbbing bass before breaking into a distorted guitar-driven yelp of a chorus.

In the space of six albums, though, they’ve become one of the biggest, most ambitious and, in the live arena, downright spectacular bands the UK’s produced in the last decade. 

They returned in September with The 2nd Law – which had only a modicum of dubstep influences on it after a teaser trailer on their official website had fans all aflutter that they’d ‘done a Skrillex’.

Eschewing dubstep directions, what it did have was the band’s trademark towering bombast. Lead single Madness was a minimal, stripped back affair, lead by Chris Wolstenholme’s rumbling bass and Matt Bellamy’s startling low-key vocals and solo.

Dig deeper on the record, though, and it’s quite plain to see the ambition that has characterised their output so far – rocking out in videos on warships or playing gigs in space, as well as turning the live show up all the way to 11 – has not been left by the wayside.

For Muse, performance and making an impression is everything – you’re unlikely to find them sitting atop bar stools murmuring away for an acoustic vibe, but highly likely to see them shooting lasers out of their guitar necks.

New Born, Plug In Baby, Time Is Running Out, Starlight, The 2nd Law’s single Madness – these are contemporary rock classics, and live they take on a whole new life.

The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
Oct 26-27 | Doors at 6pm |  £45+
Tube | North Greenwich 
theo2.co.uk

 

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