45 days to Coachella… (do I really have to do this?)
Muse is one of the main headliners this year so of course I had to spend some time checking them out. They’re an English pop/power trio who despite being huge in Europe, only gained recognition in the States from their song Supermassive Black Hole (Really? Is that a title? It sounds more like an insult.) on one of the Twilight soundtracks. They’re songs have good hooks, though sometimes they sound like a cross between Styx and Queen. Speaking of which, remember Tommy Shaw from Styx? I had a major crush on him… Actually I think he was sandwiched in between Davie Jones of the Monkees and Johnny Depp (circa 21 Jump Street). Remember how amazingly cute Johnny Depp was? I lived for my Sunday night episodes of Jump Street, but god forbid it wasn’t a Johnny Depp centric episode. I’d sit there just waiting to catch a glimpse of him – and did you ever notice that during those episodes they invariable had him sulking in the station house. Johnny sulking was better than no Johnny at all…
But I digress.
Muse. They’re huge in Europe where I’m sure legions of poorly dressed guys in shorts and tube socks pump their fists en masse at their concerts. Oh, and they sold out Wembley twice and that’s huge… but they love to bash the US. I think what they don’t realize is that the people who truly suck in this country are so bloated with their own self-importance they don’t notice when anyone tells them they suck. As a result, when Europeans and English get on their High ‘Americans Suck’ Horse they’re really only offendeding those of us who don’t suck – if that makes sense.
I’m still listening but my attention span is crap, honestly I can listen to a song for about ten seconds before I switch to another. Cognitive scientists would say this is because I don’t know the schema of this music and therefore it’s a bit like being lost in the woods from a mnemonic standpoint. The end result is that I keep switching songs furiously trying to find one I can hang on to. I can say with a degree of certainty that the lead singer has a touch of that Bono ego maniacal attitude, without the ‘let’s erase African debt’ where-with-all. They sound sort of cheesy, almost over-produced but in a guilty pleasure type of way. I can see why they’re not bigger in the states. The guitar solos are seriously crisp – almost too crisp. They make Joe Satriani sound gritty… Wait, I think I clicked on something and I’m not listening to the right band. Or maybe not… No. Never mind.
I still might go to this. I think they’ll probably sound good live but I’ll be disgruntled about the fact that they think Americans suck and all the people in the crowd (i.e. stupid Americans) will be cheering them, not realizing they are in fact being mocked.
Verdict: I guess I’ll go hear them, unless something better/alternative presents itself.