Speaking to an American fan, Matt revealed : "I want to make the new CD like a giant treasure hunt with all sorts of secrets and things to decode and it'll take people around the world to figure it out..."
For the fans, the quest started. Matt was obviously alluding to the anagrams of the titles of the new songs appearing on the setlists of the US tour. A few fierce fans found out that the title of the song "Cold Aqua Tomato" could be an e-mail adress: qua at aol dot com (email@example.com)(Ed. according to our memories, it is Matt's old e-mail). This adress actually turned out to be valid when added to the contact list of AOL Instant Messenger. A fan in particular got to talk to the person behind this adress. Here's the conversation:
- x Vaude (12:04:41 AM): This is pretty peculiar. How many IMs from crazed fans have you gotten so far? - x Vaude (12:06:25 AM): If there's anyone at the other end of this screenname, do say a hello, my dear. : ) - x Vaude (12:09:10 AM): Nonetheless, "Cold Aqua Tomato" was pretty clever. - Qua (12:09:52 AM): 4.7x5 --- 5.52 + 6.6 --- 60.15 - 56 --- 87 / 6" Qua signed off at 12:12:41 AM.
4.7*5=23.5 ; 5.52+6.6=12.2 ; 60.15-56=4.15 ; 87/6=14.5
23=W... 5=E... 12=L... 12=L... 4=D... 15=O... 14=N... 5=E...
WELL DONE / The second enigma has been resolved.
The treasure hunt continues - yesterday, 13 fans have received a coded e-mail from qua:
(PVMG HGZGV FMR, LSRL) WRIVXGOB RM UILMG LU GZBOLI SZOO MVZI GSV NVNLIRZO Z HNZOO TRUG RH OLXPVW FK DRGS GSV XLWV: ULFI GSIVV GDL UREV (HLIIB RG'H Z NLMTLLHV ZMW SZH Z HORTSGOB GDRHGVW ZCOV! - GSVIV RH WVGGVI GL XLNV). K.H. RMJFRIV, OVZIM, IVUOVXG SGGK://DDD.ERVGMZNDZI.XLN/PVMGHGZGVPROORMTH.SGN"
including 4 photos:
The solution of the coded text is:
(KENT STATE UNI, OHIO) DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF TAYLOR HALL NEAR THE MEMORIAL A SMALL GIFT IS LOCKED UP WITH THE CODE: FOUR THREE TWO FIVE (SORRY IT'S A MONGOOSE AND HAS A SLIGHTLY TWISTED AXLE! - THERE IS DETTER TO COME
P.S. INQUIRE, LEARN, REFLECT
The gift has been found by a lucky and speedy fan, it was the bike of the pic.
Muse have played on their US tour some new songs that could possibly feature on the next album that will – theoretically – be recorded as soon as they come back home. Four new songs have been played until now. They’ve been refered to with many – more or less official – titles, not to mention the anagrams written on the official setlists :
New Song I = "Des"
New song II = "Crying Shame" / My Searching
New Song III = "Codebreak Shy Outsider" / Des Is Our Keyboard Tech / Bandit song
New Song IV = Debase Mason's Grog / Messageboard Song / Easy Tiger / New D
Thanks to www.muselive.com for New Ones III & IV.
Here is a review of the Disco Rodeo Show.
The band closed its set and the night with a two song encore of "Stockholm Syndrome" and "Apocalypse Please" -- both from the band's most recent release, Absolution. Fittingly, "Apocalypse Please" was the finale as Bellamy belted, "And this is the end/ This is the end/ Of the world," and giant white balloons filled with red confetti were dropped from the balcony shadowing the crowd. The audience pushed the balloons around the room, like a beach ball at graduation, causing them to hit blazing lights only to burst and spray the confetti on the energized patrons.
"The British trio Muse has, for some reason, been called a prog band, as if the group worships at the altar of Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme doesn't understand it, either.
"I kind of find it funny, really," he says from Atlanta on a tour that stops Tuesday in Storrs. "I'm not quite sure where it comes from. You listen to bands like Pink Floyd and you think, well, that's prog, and I can't really see the pattern to that kind of thing."
True, the band does have a few songs that Wolstenholme calls "six-minute, seven-minute monsters that go off a little bit and are a bit more experimental," but Muse isn't as concerned with complex time signatures and flashy instrumental virtuosity as it is with conveying ideas in the songs.
"I think some of the best lyrics are when someone is singing something and you feel like they could be singing about you," he says. "It's a feeling you share."
The band's feelings, particularly on the most recent album, last year's "Absolution", are darker. Singer and lyricist Matthew Bellamy dabbles in the-end-is-near apocalyptic imagery and the music is rich, dense and layered. The album came together after the band took a break for all of 2002, which followed five years of near-constant touring.
"It was quite nice, actually, because it kind of reminds us at the end of the day that the three of us were old friends from school," Wolstenholme says. "It was almost like a whole getting-to-know each other period again, because the way you are at home and the way you are on the road can be quite different."
The band, which also includes drummer Dominic Howard, found a renewed creativity when the members reconvened in a London rehearsal space in 2003.
"It felt like stuff was just pouring out," the bassist says. "I think it was the first time we had recorded an album where we had a lot of songs left over and we actually got to the point where we felt like we had too much. ... It's a nice problem to have, when you've got to whittle it down to 12 or 13 songs."
Muse formed in 1997 in a small seaside town called Teignmouth, where Wolstenholme says there wasn't much of a music scene. That allowed the band to develop at its own pace outside the glare of a big-city hype machine, and though its achievements have brought a higher profile for Muse, the bassist says the band pays no attention to the pressure that often accompanies success.
"I don't think you can really call it pressure," he says. "It's a job that I find it difficult to moan about, because I've had [expletive] jobs in the past, all of us have. There are negatives to being in a band ... but at the end of the day, there are millions of kids that would love to be in a rock band, you know?"
Muse performs Tuesday at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. Razorlight opens.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $15 for the public and $5 for UConn students. Information: 860-486-4226.
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There is an article and interview in the uni's newspaper:
Q. So how did you come to be on the Campus Invasion Tour?
A. I guess we just wanted to do another tour around the springtime in the states. We've got it finished everywhere else in Europe. Our album came out six months behind in America, so we just wanted to fit in another tour before we start recording the next album. Just squeeze one in. So somehow, it came about, and we said, "Yes."
"Images from the 2 day video shoot for Stockholm Syndrome are up on the official site (or the gallery). Video should be aired in about 2 weeks on US TV. We will of course have it on the site as soon as we can. The MTV tour has started well, despite the stage collapsing on the first day - luckily no injuries. Tonight in Atlanta, almost a year to the day. Fingers crossed."
Here is the setlist played yesterday night.
Florida Atlantic University - Auditorium Field, Boca Raton, FL - USA
The small print
Ruled by secrecy
Butterflies and Hurricanes
New CS (Crying Shame)
The other new one
Time is running out
Plug in baby
Stockholm Syndrome + outro
The band are preparing to film their new American video for Stockholm Syndrome. Director Patrick Daughters is in charge. The shoot will last a couple of days after which it will be down to Florida to start the MTV Campus Invasion.