Let me preface this post by saying that Muse are my favorite band. Ever. No question. Period.
There are times, however, where I believe Muse’s frontman Matthew Bellamy skirts the line between eccentric genius and flat out insanity – and I love him for it.
With their new album The Resistance coming out in September, fans are already buzzing and waiting in anticipation. The release of 2006’s Black Holes and Revelations was prefaced by a literal scavenger hunt (if I remember correctly, one fan found a bicycle signed by the band somewhere in the US), and these two months are no different.
With the launch of their microsite PROJECT EURASIA, Bellamy has invited fans to yet again take part in a massive collaboratory hunt, all for that one prize every single Muse fan out there is waiting for: new music.
The site itself is confusing at first, and probably turns away all but the most dedicated of Muse fans, of which there are many. The Ununited States of Eurasia map at the top pinpoints different cities across the globe, and at set times a Google map with a direct address is revealed. This opens a new “stage” of the Resistance. Fans have gone to that address and received a USB chip on which they must decipher different codes to unlock the stage.
Since the first stage has been unlocked, a small music player has popped up on the audio page for the microsite. On this page, you can click a button to listen to a new song.
Stage one, there were about 20 seconds.
Stage two, another 20.
Stage three, another 30.
After stage four, however, the song that began with Bellamy’s haunting voice and piano explodes into something akin to Queen, and that’s when you think, yes. This is what we’ve been waiting for, this is the Muse I love, this is what we’re getting in just two months.
Then the song cuts off, and you’re left waiting for the next stage to begin, another fan to have the Muse forums help decipher the code, and another piece of the music to be put into place.
For us Muse fans, the ones who trawl the forums and follow all the leads, who help with the codes, who read every thread, every post, every clue even if they don’t pitch in, this is all a part of it. Muse isn’t just another band for us.
Muse is an experience – and I don’t care if anyone rolls their eyes, that’s my honest truth.