Muse is an English rock band that was established in 1994, in Teignmouth, in the county of Devon in England. The group has three members, Matthew Bellamy who plays as the group’s lead vocals, lead guitarist, pianist, keyboardist and keytarist; Christopher Wolstenholme handles bass, keyboard and vocals; and Dominic Howard who is responsible in drums, percussion, and synthesizers.
Bellamy and Howard are childhood friends. The group started when Bellamy successfully passed the audition with Howard’s band as a guitarist, the band was called Carnage Mayhem. Wolstenholme was already in the group before Bellamy joined along with other band members. Wolstenholme was playing the drums during that time but they asked him to learn how to play bass guitar for the band so he took up lessons for it. The other members of the band, who wasn't named, left the group after the three decided to write their own songs instead of doing covers. By that time, the group decided to change their band name to Gothic Plague; however, they changed it again to Fixed Penalty then later to Rocket Baby Dolls not long after.
It was in 1994 that they started to use the name Rocket Baby Dolls when they joined a local battle of the bands competition in which they won. After the competition, it was the time when the band took it seriously, quitting their college schooling, leaving their jobs, and then changing their band’s name for the last time to what is now known Muse.
The years that followed, the group started performing their gigs, mainly in London and Manchester. Dennis Smith played a vital role in the group’s success. He personally knew the three members of the group as he was a friend to the parents of the band members. Smith owns “Sawmills Studios” a recording studio located in Cornwall, England that opened in 1974. It was Smith who then introduced the group to SaftaJaffery, who would then become their manager.
The group’s meeting with Jaffery led to the release of their first EP (extended play) called Muse EP which was distributed in 1998 May 11. Due to the success of Muse EP, it was followed by the release of their second EP called “Muscle Museum EP” in 1999 January 11. Their second EP was more successful as it reached number 3 in the indie singles chart attracting the attention of Steve Lamaq a British radio broadcaster. The rest was history and as of 2014, the group is already working on their seventh studio album.