Muse, from left to right: Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard.
Origin | Teignmouth, Devon, England
Genre(s) | Alternative rock
Years active | 1994–present
Label(s) | Helium 3, Warner Bros. Records, Mushroom Records, Taste Media
Website | muse.mu
1.1 Formation and early years (1992–1997)
1.2 First EPs and Showbiz (1998–2000)
1.3 Origin of Symmetry and Hullabaloo (2001–2002)
1.4 Absolution (2003–2005)
1.5 Black Holes & Revelations and HAARP (2006–2008)
1.6 Current and future plans (2008-present)
3 Band members
3.1 Touring members
4.1 Studio albums
4.2 UK top-ten singles
7 External links
Muse are an English alternative rock band that formed in Teignmouth, Devon, England in 1994. Since their inception, the band has comprised vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter Matthew Bellamy, bassist and backing vocalist Christopher Wolstenholme and drummer and percussionist Dominic Howard. The band are known for mixing various musical styles together, the most prominent being alternative rock, classical music, and electronica.
Muse have released four studio albums to date. Their first, Showbiz, was released in 1999, followed by Origin of Symmetry in 2001, Absolution in 2003 and Black Holes & Revelations in 2006, the latter of which garnered the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year list for 2006. Muse have also won many other music awards throughout their career, including five MTV Europe Music Awards, five Q Awards, four NME Awards, two BRIT awards and four Kerrang! Awards. Their most recent release is HAARP, a live album documenting their performances at Wembley Stadium in London on 16 and 17 June 2007.
Formation and early years (1992–1997)
The members of Muse played in separate bands during their stay at Teignmouth Community College and Coombeshead College in the early 1990s. The formation of Muse began when Bellamy successfully auditioned for the part of guitarist in Dominic Howard's band. They asked Chris Wolstenholme, who played drums at the time, to learn to play bass guitar for the band. Chris agreed and took up lessons.
In 1994, under the name Rocket Baby Dolls and with a goth/glam image, the group won a local battle of the bands contest, smashing their equipment in the process. "It was supposed to be a protest, a statement", Bellamy said, "so, when we actually won, it was a real shock. A massive shock. After that, we started taking ourselves seriously". Shortly after the contest, the three decided to forego university, quit their jobs, change the band name to Muse, and move away from Teignmouth.
First EPs and Showbiz (1998–2000)
After a few years building a fan base, Muse played their first gigs in London and Manchester. The band had a significant meeting with Dennis Smith, the owner of Sawmills Studio, situated in a converted water mill in Cornwall.
This meeting led to their first proper recordings and the release of an eponymous EP on Sawmills' in-house Dangerous label, with a front cover designed by Muse drummer Dominic Howard. Their second EP, the Muscle Museum EP, reached number 3 in the indie singles chart and attracted the attention of influential British radio broadcaster Steve Lamacq as well as the weekly British music publication NME. Dennis Smith introduced the band to Safta Jaffery with whom he had recently started the record label Taste Media. Muse signed with Smith and Jaffery and recorded their first three albums, 'Showbiz'. 'Origin of Symmetry' and 'Absolution' with Taste Media.
Despite the major success of their second EP, British record companies were reluctant to back Muse, and many sections of the music industry asserted that, like many of their contemporaries, their sound was too similar to that of Radiohead.