It's safe to say that 2016 couldn't be any more Supermassive for Muse fans - not only are they confirmed to headline Glastonbury, but their acclaimed Drones tour will soon be in the UK. Joining them at those shows, along with Phantogram, will be the ever-rising Nothing But Thieves.
It's quite the honour for the band to support Muse, as they've long be megafans for quite a few years. As we gear up for the arrival of the Devonshire space rock trio and their many Drones, we asked Nothing But Thieves bassist Phil Blake to pick his top 10 favourite, most essential Muse tracks.
'Plug In Baby'
"This is one of our pre gig tracks to get us pumped and I remember spending hours trying to learn the intro on guitar. Still trying."
'Knights Of Cydonia'
"When we played with Muse before, they ended the set with this and it completely kicked off. One of our band's best memories watching this song together."
'Time Is Running Out'
"This is the first Muse song I showed Dom when I covered it in my school band, and it's Price’s favourite drums on any Muse track."
"This was the first Muse song I heard when my sister showed me Hullabaloo. I played the live CD to death and still inspires me now."
"One of the most interesting and intricate bass intros, and truly shows how creative Muse are as songwriters."
"Origin Of Symmetry is still an album we listen to all the time, and this song is the defining moment on it for me. Matt’s vocals are crazy epic here."
"When we watched their show in Rome, it was such a special moment in the set and added a softer dynamic which really stuck out for us as we strive to do the same for our shows."
'Sing For Absolution'
"A showcase of how Muse can create such epic pieces of music. The chilling piano intro combined with the uplifting chorus melody makes it a must for this list."
"A perfect mix between Led Zeppelin and Rage Against The Machine; two bands that we adore. The massive riff combined with a huge violin section puts this song on another level."
"Again, this is another pre gig song for us as a band. Such a massive chorus that we all can't help but sing along to. Considering it’s from the second album, it shows how timeless their music is."
Muse's upcoming UK tour dates are below. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Muse will play:
2 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (w/ Nothing But Thieves)
3 London O2 Arena (w/ Nothing But Thieves)
5 Dublin 3Arena (w/ Nothing But Thieves)
6 Belfast SSE Arena (w/ Nothing But Thieves)
8 Manchester Arena (w/ Nothing But Thieves)
9 Manchester Arena (w/ Phantogram)
11 London O2 Arena (w/ Phantogram)
12 London O2 Arena (w/ Phantogram)
14 London O2 Arena (w/ Phantogram)
15 London O2 Arena (w/ Phantogram)
17 Glasgow SSE Hydro (w/ Phantogram)
18 Glasgow SSE Hydro (w/ Nothing But Thieves)