At the beginning of the 1990s, Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard played in different music groups in Teignmouth College in Devon, England. After some time, Matt was invited to Dominic’s group as a guitar player. Later, Chris joined them when one of the band members left. Wolstenholme had to learn how to play bass guitar to stay in the band.
The group name changed several times. Among official names were Carnage Mayhem, Gothic Plague, Rocket Baby Dolls, and Fixed Penalty. Eventually, it was changed to Muse.
In 1994, the band managed to win one of the local music contests. The victory inspired young artists to devote their lives to music. They decided not to continue their education. To show themselves and earn some money, the group started performing at the local nightclubs.
In the 1990s, Muse gave several concerts in Manchester and London. Soon they met a producer Dennis Smith, the owner of a recording studio, Sawmills. Musicians signed a contract with the label, Dangerous, and released their first EP, Muse. The next EP, Muscle Museum, came out in 1999. It caught the attention of a British music reporter Steve Lamacq. He helped the group appear on the radio.