Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Muse may very well save rock music...

I've been enamored by one of the most over-the-top and absolutely ridiculous rock bands recently, and this band happens to be a three-piece band from Britain with a fairly large back catalog. I've always been exposed to Muse however, I remember hearing Time is Running Out and not being impressed when it was new, and then hearing Black Holes and Revelations after it was given to me from some free release thing somewhere. But whatever the case, and however you may feel about Muse, it's amazing that they've gained as much popularity as they have. Muse is no normal "rock band", they are a hybrid of borderline alternative metal, art rock, progressive rock, and electronica. Not to mention, lead singer Matt Bellamy likes to sound like Radiohead with his insane falsetto and his unique voice. But it's amazing that this band has gained as much popularity as they have. A band that has been touting their new album-"The Resistance" as an amazingly over-the-top album with a "three-part symphony" shouldn't have gained as much popularity as they have.

In Britain, they've sold out Wimbley Stadium every time they play, and now they are opening up for U2 in America, with a lot of people I know going to see Muse foremost, and U2 just so they can say they've seen U2. With all of these garbage rock bands and rap music we've had to wade through since the beginning of the decade (Nickelback and Soulja Boy come to mind), it's pretty astonishing to see a band that actually makes fun, original, and actually makes "albums" that are meant to be played as an "album" gain as much popularity as they have.

That's why I think Muse may be the band to help save rock music. The end of all this "emo", "post-hardcore", "post-grunge" crap led by bands like Saving Abel, Nickelback, and Anberlin is coming, and I can't wait if radio and the masses will willingly indulge bands that have ballooned recently like Muse, Silversun Pickups, Shinedown, and Mute Math. But don't forget the awesome new songs by Chevelle and Alice in Chains that have been dominating airwaves too. Maybe there's a bit of hope, that's why I'm putting it all on Muse and hoping they'll be the band to save rock music.

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