While details were scarce, Bellamy said that the writing and recording process was “going well,” and added, “We hope to have it ready for next summer.” The band began working on the follow up to 2012’s The 2nd Law after their headlining appearance at this year’s Coachella.
Bellamy’s promise that things would “get heavy” on the new LP is in line with the back-to-basics approach he described to Rolling Stone last December. “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. It will be nice to reconnect and remind ourselves of just the basics of who we are.”
On Twitter, Bellamy also hinted at something special for Muse superfans, posting a photo of longtime video director Tom Kirk archiving 15 years of footage at drummer Dominic Howard’s house and promising, “YouTube will be inundated soon!” Bellamy added, “All sorts of tape labels ‘Dom in hospital/guitar hit him/bologna 2004’, ‘Torquay concert 2000’ & my favourite: ‘girl pukes on bus in Turkey.'”
Muse have had a relatively quiet 2014 following two years on the road behind The 2nd Law. Their massive, worldwide trek culminated in the release of their epic, 20-song concert CD-DVD, Live at Rome Olympic Stadium, which was recorded in November 2013 in front of 60,000 fans.