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Muse to Begin Work on New Album This Spring

"If we can get something out this year, that would be great, but definitely next year," drummer Dominic Howard says

Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs in Austin Texas.
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April 14, 2014 3:07 PM ET

After their Coachella appearances, Muse will begin work on their seventh album next month. "We're going to go back in May and start working on some new stuff, so I think we'll start recording it this year," drummer Dominic Howard told KROQ over the weekend. "If we can get something out this year, that would be great, but definitely next year."

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The group's frontman, Matt Bellamy, told Rolling Stone in December that the group had begun working on the follow-up to its 2012 album The 2nd Law shortly after it played the Rome Olympic Stadium – a performance it later put out as a CD-DVD. At the time, he said he thought the band might want to take a back-to-basics approach with it. "I have this strong feeling that the next album should be something that really does strip away the additional things that we've experimented with on the last two albums, which is electronics, symphonics and orchestral work and all that kind of stuff," he said. "I kind of feel like it will be nice to reconnect and remind ourselves of just the basics of who we are."

Recently, Muse reconnected with an artist that inspired its members early on: Nirvana. At a gig in Sao Paolo, Brazil, they played the Nevermind cut "Lithium" on the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. They played the song again at Coachella over the weekend. "They were massively influential to us when we were growing up," Howard told KROQ. "They're one of the reasons we picked up some instruments and decided to start a band in the first place, and I think that for many other millions of people, they were influential for starting bands."

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