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Muse- The Best Band Ever?

'How are you doing London?' were Matt Bellamy's first words as he strolled onto the stage of the Sheperd's Bush Empire in West London last year, followed shortly by Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme, drummer and bassist in the outrageously good band that is Muse. At this point in the gig, I was still slightly shocked that I was even there... A few weeks previously I had headed over to the Muse website to check out their latest tracks from Black Holes And Revelations, and after being forced to enter a competition in order to enter, I listened to some of the new tracks, including Starlight and Supermassive Black Hole. I was unaware at that point that I would be listening to them live only 4 weeks later.

Two weeks after I entered the competition, an unassuming but highly important email popped into my inbox informing me that I had won two tickets to see Muse in their "Supermassive Gig", where they would be playing the new album in full, all of which would be recorded and shown on MTV a few weeks later. It just so happened that I would be in London on the day of the gig, and I ended up going with my sister. We turned up to a scene of chaos: there were a wide range of different people milling around the venue: some goths, some hardcore fans - brandishing their Muse T-shirts and badges-, and some bewildered individuals who had obviously entered without knowing who Muse were. After an hours wait to get our special wristbands and tickets, we were let in, and the gig started promptly. I was, and still am, a huge fan of Muse, and had been informed by my experienced Dad/brother/sister that their live performances were special. I didn't really realise this until Matt Bellamy opened his mouth to sing and began to play his guitar like a man possessed; believe me when I say that watching this band is a spectacle: Matt Bellamy has an exceptionally loud and developed voice for someone so small (he must weigh about 9 stone) and the way he manipulates his guitar is nothing short of amazing. He is backed up by possibly the best rhythm section in the world, with huge, heavy basslines and musically clinical drumming from Wolstenholme and Howard.

I was blown away by the performance: I have seen a fair few bands for someone my age, but never in my life have I heard a band who sounds better live than they do on their albums. I swear there are times during their performances where Muse add in licks and fills that aren't included on their albums, just as an extra: these only help to make their live performances a more rounded experience. This is really down to the fact that all three members of Muse are highly accomplished musicians: Matt Bellamy was a classically trained pianist before he traded in Tchaikovsky for AC/DC as a teenager, and both Wolstenholme and Howard know their way around their instruments. Bellamy must go through guitars quickly, the way he batters, bends and beats them into submission, and the sound produced by this band is encapsulating, loud and completely unique. A regular theme in Muse's albums has been outer space and the supernatural, and their music and live performances are truly out of this world. The music that Bellamy writes seems so effortless: whilst they revel in the huge choruses and pounding rhythms of songs such as Supermassive Black Hole and Map Of The Problematique, they are just as much at home producing lighter sounds such as Starlight and Soldier's Poem. All in all, I really think that Muse should take the mantle as THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD, due to their stellar live shows and brilliant music.

After my gig at Sheperd's Bush Empire, I was lucky enough to see them again a month later at Lowlands Festival in Holland. Their performance was different, but no less brilliant: their sound wasn't diminished by the festival tent containing 5000 people. I let out a huge sigh of relief when I watched them all the big festivals last year, for finally, this hugely talented band had made it to where they deserved to be.

21 comments:

  1. Anonymous said...
     

    They are truly amazing!

  2. Anonymous said...
     

    they most definately are the best!

  3. Anonymous said...
     

    i love their music, for me they are the best

  4. Anonymous said...
     

    Muse is incredible. enough said.

  5. Anonymous said...
     

    "A regular theme in Muse's albums has been outer space and the supernatural..." Listen to the lyrics again, you will realize they are highly political and the "outer-space themes" are poetic allegories which accent strong ideas of political injustice and also tell stories of love. "Super Massive Black Hole" is about Nature and it's destruction through humankind. Muse is the best band in the world! Thanks for blogging about it and spreading the word.

  6. chicken said...
     

    I'm always looking for things to play on the piano. Muse's songs are really well written, and the way they play them is pure genius. Best band ever? Yes (with the Beatles).

  7. Anonymous said...
     

    Best band ever, get real.

  8. Anonymous said...
     

    i have seen u2, radiohead, prodigy, daft punk, metallica all live. Not really a genuine Muse fan, but there concert was by miles best I have seen. It will never be beaten.

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    they are the best

  11. Anonymous said...
     

    Muse are freaking amazing live Matt Bellamy just leaves you in awe the whole time and he knows it :P absolutely fantastic band finally getting the recognition and success they deserve and long may it last :)

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  13. Anonymous said...
     

    MUSE!! MUSE!! MUSE!! It will always be impossible to compair to Muse!!! they are by far, the greatest band of all time!! I went to a concert which was completely epic, and MET them after!!!! completelyer epic!! Muse is truely amazing!!

  14. Anonymous said...
     

    Love the article and the comments - Muse are definately the best band on the planet today imo and for me it's touch and go between them and the mighty Led Zeppelin for best band ever. Looking forward to the 2nd law coming out and hope it's better than the Resistance as that was a bit of a let down [although the last 3 track symphony is absolutely brilliant]. Long Live Muse.

    ps Matt Bellamy is hands down the greatest all round musician of all time !!!!!!!!!

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