UK rock trio Muse are back with their first new song in four years, “Won’t Stand Down.”
The anthemic arena rocker is all about “standing your ground against bullies, whether that be on the playground, at work or anywhere,” Muse frontman Matt Bellamy explains. “Protecting yourself from coercion and sociopathic manipulation and to face adversity with strength, confidence, and aggression.”
Today’s release serves as the first new Muse release since 2018’s Simulation Theory. Alongside the track, they’ve shared an accompanying music video from Jared Hogan. The clip follows “a fragile, mysterious figure that siphons the collective energy of a dark army in order to transmute into an augmented being.”
Watch the video for “Won’t Stand Down” below.
“Won’t Stand Down” likely comes from a yet-to-be-titled full-length album. Muse have been working on the record, which would mark their ninth full-length, over the last year.
In 2020, Muse shared a companion film for Simulation Theory. The movie, which was directed by Lance Drake, is both a concert film and narrative movie that follows a team of scientists that “investigate the source of a paranormal anomaly appearing around the world,” a press release explains. The concert aspect of the movie was filmed back at London’s O2 Arena. Revisit a trailer for the film here.
While Muse haven’t released a song as a band since 2018, frontman Matt Bellamy has been busy with some solo releases. In May of 2020, he shared a solo track called “Tomorrow’s World.” Then, later that year in September, he covered Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
“One of my favourite songs of all time, and a timely song for a tough year,” Bellamy explains. “We should all reach out and be there for our friends right now!”