Muse have shared an animated sci-fi video for the title track of their forthcoming Will Of The People album, depicting an uprising in a dystopian future.
Speaking of the album title track, which the band's 'people' describe as "an electric anthem that showcases the band’s prowess for storytelling and sonic-scene-creation" and we say sounds like a more berserk, glam rock-and-conspiracy theory-influenced re-imagining of Marilyn Manson's Beautiful People, Matt Bellamy says, “Will of the People is [a] fictional story set in a fictional metaverse on a fictional planet ruled by a fictional authoritarian state run by a fictional algorithm manifested by a fictional data centre running a fictional bank printing a fictional currency controlling a fictional population occupying a fictional city containing a fictional apartment where a fictional man woke up one day and thought, ‘Fuck this.’”
Everyone got that? Cool, cool.
Watch the story unfold below:
Scheduled to arrive on August 26 via Warner Records, Will Of The People, Muse's ninth studio album has been described by Matt Bellamy as "a greatest hits album – of new songs”.
In conversation with The Big Issue, he explains how the forthcoming record was conceived in response to their label's request for a 'best of' compilation.
“We were reaching that point where there was talk about maybe doing a greatest hits album, and we weren’t really in favour of doing that,” the frontman says. “So it’s almost like we’ve made a record that is a greatest hits album – of new songs.
“That means this album might have a metal track on it – and it’s like, the best metal track we’ve ever done. Or there’s a sort of soft ballad, love song and it’s probably the best ballad love song we’ve ever done, and so on.
“It’s a montage of the best of Muse. It’s a new take on all of those types of genres that we’ve touched on in the past.”
The group have also announced a short series of theatre shows to follow the album release.
Matt Bellamy explains: “We had such a good time at our recent charity shows at the Apollo in London last month we wanted to play some of these types of smaller theatres that we hadn’t played for a long time in the U.S and Europe before we head out on tour in 2023.”
The trio will appear at:
Oct 04: Los Angeles The Wiltern, CA, US
Oct 11: Chicago The Riviera Theatre, IL, US
Oct 14: Toronto The History, Canada
Oct 16: New York The Beacon Theatre, NY, US
Oct 23: Amsterdam Royal Theatre Carre, Netherlands
Oct 25: Paris Salle Pleyel, France
Oct 26: Milan Alcatraz, Italy