Still unable to
crack into the big time, and with many empty gigs and unappreciative audiences,
one would think they would become disheartened. However, it only made
Muse more determined to get their music heard and appreciated.
At last, Dennis
Smith, owner of Sawmills recording studio saw them perform and Muse's
In 1998, an EP
"Muse" was released under Sawmills label 'Dangerous Records', featuring
'Escape', 'Coma', 'Overdue' and 'Cave'. In 1999, a 2nd EP titled "Muscle
Museum", featuring 'Instant Messanger', 'Unintended', 'Uno', 'Sober'
and 'Muscle Museum' was released. Both were limited editions and although
they began to attract a greater audience and interest, and were also
getting radio play and music magazine exposure, not one English label
is "Uno". Think now about the idiots who ignored them!
Taste Media was
created especially for Muse, and finally they were launched in the US.
Madonna's label Maverick signed them and through Taste Media, Muse were
signed to Mushroom in the UK and Australia, plus other labels in different
This saw the the
re-release of "Uno", "Cave", and "Muscle Museum", the latter also re-released
was recorded and released in September 1999 in France and Germany, and
in October 1999 in the UK. With the success of this Album, the year 2000
saw many tours and festivals around Europe and as far as Japan and Australia.
"Our first Album
was one of a group in search of it's identity, the second will show us
as a group settling into that identity."(M. Bellamy: Source to this quote
misplaced. If it is yours, please email).
of Symmetry was released in June 2001 and continued with the
passionate and dramatic grandiosity of "Showbiz", yet it has a maturity
that shows the basics of raw rock. An obvious tight grunge influenced
rhythm section presents a unique sound that is carried off by Matt's high
pitched vocals that could flow into a raw anguished howl.
This a video of Magalomania, a brilliant song.
was released in 2002 after only two albums. CD1 has a compilation of
B sides from Muse's 1999 and 2000 sessions, while CD2 features Muse,
live, in concert at Le Zenith in Paris, 2001. A must for all old and
Over the years,
Muse have been compared to Radiohead. Although "The Bends" had influenced
their conception of music, Matt does not think they sound at all like
them, and lyrically, they are completely different.
About his writing, he
says; "I don't think I can explain my songs yet. I need time to
think about it more. I know what I'm saying but I'm afraid of
ruining what other people think the songs are about." (M. Bellamy.
The Official Muse site.)
He also said in an NME
article, (04/03/2000), "You can either be a violent person and
go out there and kill people, or you can be in a rock band."
He finds the dark side is the easiest place from which to draw
inspiration for his songs. However, he has written his best songs
from real-life experiences.