'We nearly became an electronic band'
Heather Nash

13:39 19th June 2015

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Muse's Christopher Wolstenholme has come clean about the band's decision to move back away from the electronic influences of their previous albums - as they were becoming too 'difficult to play live'.

In a sit down with Spotify UK, Wolstenholme talked candidly about the problems surrounding Muse's last few records - including 2012's The 2nd Law and 2009's The Resistance.

"We got to the point where things were becoming more and more difficult to play live," the bassist said. "It was a real headache with certain songs on the last album to try and work out all the arrangements to get them to work live." 

Muse are currently sitting at number one in the album charts with their most recent album Drones, which according to Wolstenholme was a reversion "back to being a three piece". 

"In the last six albums additional things crept in apart from the rock three piece, so all these classical influences and particularly the electronic influence. I think if we had gone any further we would have been an electronic band."

Drones certainly does ditch many of the bells, whistles and unnecessary flamboyancies picked up during The Resistance and The 2nd Law, sounding much like the simple rock of a three piece band that Muse wanted to travel back to.

"I think for this album we decided it was important to maybe go back to where we started in a way and just concentrate on one guitar player, one bass player and one drummer and see how far we could take that."

You can watch the whole interview with Christopher Wolstenholme below:

 That this is an album written to be played live is incredibly evident, especially after they demolished crowds at both this year's Download festival and Radio 1's Big Weekend with material from Drones. 

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