We're in 1996, Teignmouth, in the Devon, during the contest "Battle Of The Bands". Bands with a pop or funk pop tendency, typical of the musical scene in the region, pass one after the other and sound all alike. It's in this general mood that Matt, Dom and Chris enter the scene to give their first "real" concert, under the name of Rocket Baby Dolls.
Dressed in black and having slightly abused on the make-up, they electrify the atmosphere with their frenzied riffs and conclude their aggressive show by smashing their equipment. The young crowd's infatuation can be felt…and so can the judges': the Rocket Baby Dolls take first place and it proves to be a nice victory over the local funk scene.
Having come to participate and not expecting to win, their attitude and the emotion released by their performance managed to surpass the lack of technical feats. First stage in Muse's dazzling ascension? Certainly…this victory would allow them to discover that music was, before anything, a story of emotions.
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It's in Teignmouth, sad seaside resort of 15000 habitants, that the Providence reunites Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dom Howard. The music proves to be, in simple evidence, an escape from boredom and underlying violence. Playing in a band seems to be a natural reaction, making it easier to support the ambient climate. And so, about the age of 12 or 13 years old, a common interest for music first re.....