Muse releases its seventh studio album, Drones, today (June 9), following up 2012's The 2nd Law.
That album debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. and seven other countries, and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. But drummer Dominic Howard tells us that he and his bandmates try not to let expectations impact on their work in the studio:
"We never really feel like we've got too much pressure on ourselves in the studio. We just want to go in there and have a very fluid and natural process...If we find ourselves having pressure or feeling like we have pressure, I don't think you necessarily work in your best capacity when you've got pressure. We like to feel very relaxed and comfortable. When we're in that situation, at least the three of us, it feels like a much more comfortable, creative environment."
Drones was produced by Mutt Lange, who's worked on multi-platinum albums for AC/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner and his ex-wife Shania Twain. Muse has just released a new video for the track "Mercy" and is in the midst of a European festival tour, with dates in Asia and South America slated for the fall and a North American trek expected during early 2016.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.