What will you be doing this time next week?..
Will you be sat at home watching The Voice, a TV entertainment show centred around finding a new musical artist? You’d be watching that because you like music, right? Or will you be sat in a pub with your mates, the music so loud you can barely even hear each other anyway, so you decide to get up and dance but the song that comes on next is really not to your taste?
Can I make a suggestion? Get down to your local music venues and go see some “LIVE” music.
What will I be doing? Well, you see, I’m lucky, because my local music venue just happens to be hosting a gig by my favourite tribute band.
Mused return to The Marrs Bar on Saturday 3rd March and I for one, can not wait!
I have never seen MUSE live. They only really came into my musical life in 2015, and since then, I’ve not had the money, or the time to sit on the phone trying to get tickets to fulfil my desire to see them. I love Muse. They are my go-to band when life is a bit, well, what can I say, crap? The iconic vocals of Matt Bellamy and the thrashing musical beats their songs provide and offer the perfect “scream it out” therapy.
I have, however, seen MUSED. And shall I tell you something? They are awesome!
So in the run up to their return to Worcester, I thought I’d talk to the guys and let them tell you why you should come along and see them.
Introduce yourselves, who are Mused and how did you form?
We are Carl (Matt), Stu (Chris) & Chris (Dom) – Mused first formed about 5 years ago and the band has had a few changes over the years with Carl joining us 3 years ago and Stu about 2 1/2 years ago.
We originally formed with an old school friend of mine (Chris) when we set up a punk covers band, we auditioned for a bass player and after a few sessions we realised how much we loved performing Muse songs, this then evolved us into a MUSE Tribute band as at the time there wasn’t one! Our singer left and that was when Carl auditioned and got the part. When our bass player left, Carl’s friend Stu came along to a studio and we just clicked instantly! The rest is history, we went from strength to strength over the years and now really enjoy what we do, and are all good friends which makes it good fun too!
I love that the band themselves are all good friends and that Mused was born from a love of performing Muse songs. The band members themselves have seen Muse live a few times, from Wembley, Ricoh Arena & LG Arena, so they know how the real band put on an electrifying performance. I can only imagine the atmosphere at a real Muse gig, but through Mused I can experience an accurate audio representation. Matt Bellamy hits high notes like no other artist I know, but Carl, well, you’ll just have to come and see for yourselves. I have so many favourite songs by Muse and I love to hear Mused play each of them, Psycho being a personal favourite, going back to my earlier “scream it out” comment. I wonder which the boys like performing…
Do you have a collective favorite Muse song to perform?
Ooo- there’s loads!! We always love Psycho, and have just reintroduced Supremacy which is great to do, we also love to do the old back catalogue like Muscle Museum & Deadstar.
Both times I’ve previously seen Mused perform has been at my local live music venue The Marrs Bar. Easily accessible using public transport, with parking nearby, it’s ideal for me as its literally at the bottom of my road, walking distance. Mused have been fortunate enough to play festivals and small venues alike. Returning to venues they have played before is a positive sign that they enjoy it, and that the crowds will turn up to support them.
What has been your most memorable gig as Mused to date and why?
We love it at The Marrs Bar, this is one of our faves as its always a great crowd, and the staff are so easy to work with. We also love the big Festivals that we do over the summer months, its always great to see a crowd of thousands enjoy what we do 🙂
You’ve played Worcester a few times now, what can my home town expect from you guys this time around?
I would say a slicker performance! We always push to obtain perfection in what we do, Supremacy is a new track we’ve not done there before, and we’ve also put back in Hyper Music.
It sounds like Worcester is in for a fantastic show. What I’ve noticed about Mused, is that rather than trying to replicate Muse tracks straight from the albums, a lot of time and effort is put into recreating the live Muse concert experience , with the way they go from one song to the next. Carl has captured the essence of Matt perfectly, and from certain angles, the visual similarities are uncanny. I decided to ask them a bit more about how they learn the songs and recreate an overall Muse experience, aswell as digging down deeper into their rehearsal process.
Muse seem to be getting a bit of stick for their latest releases, Dig Down and Thought Contagion.. Personally I embrace the new sound, are you looking forward to the new album and learning new songs?
Yes definitely! We love Thought Contagion and do plan on doing it asap, but its just getting time to learn it in-between gigs and personal life! We are waiting to see how the track is done live so we pull off a live Muse performance!
How long on average does it take you guys to learn a new track?
Not long actually, we tend to learn it ourselves at home, watch live performances and then get together to work on it together, generally gets done in a day.
Aside from Muse, who else musically inspires you?
Crikey, Loads! – Black Sabbath, Older punk bands like Echo & The Bunnymen, and new bands like Marmozets, Vukovi, The Joy Formidable.
Do you all enter a “character mode” when on stage to deliver a more accurate portrayal of Muse or is the stage presence natural now, as you really do a fantastic job?
Haha, well we do our best to look and dress the part, plus we put in as much stage presence as Muse for the show, do but we do keep our own personalities, hence Carl & Stu with Birmingham accents!!
Mused obviously love what they do, and its clear to see they have fun on stage as much as the crowd have fun watching them. I love that they “keep it real” with their own personalities shining through.
When the quality of the music speaks for itself, they can afford to relax and enjoy what they do. Even more exciting news about next weeks gig, Mused have enlisted local hard rock band Nexus to be their support act.
For me at least, Mused have Supremacy in the tribute band field.
Roll on next week.
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