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Muse announce details of comeback single ‘Won’t Stand Down’

The band's first material in four years is coming very soon indeed

By Patrick Clarke

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Muse in 2022 (Photo: Press)

Muse have announced that their first new music since 2018 is imminent, with new single ‘Won’t Stand Down’ set for release next week.

The band shared the single’s artwork, which features mysterious hooded figures, along with news that the song is due to be released on January 13.

The official details follow frontman Matt Bellamy having already teased the track by playing a snippet of it over his car radio during an Instagram live stream last month. It demonstrates a heavier, metal-influenced direction for the new material.

A new Muse album, which will be their first since 2018’s ‘Simulation Theory’, has been expected for some time. Back in May 2020, Bellamy told NME that the band were planning on spending the following year recording back in their hometown of Teignmouth in Devon.

“We’re likely to get in the studio next year to make a new album of some kind and then tour after that, depending on the travel restrictions,” he said.

A few months later, he told The Sun that his new songs were inspired by that year’s Black Lives Matter protests against racial inequality.

“I started writing when all the protests and all the chaos were kicking off,” he said. “It’s a weird thing to say but it suits the music I write. It keeps you a little bit on edge.”

Last year also saw the release of a remixed version of the band’s 2001 album ‘Origin Of Symmetry’, marking the record’s 20th anniversary, as well as a Record Store Day exclusive album of Matt Bellamy solo recordings called ‘Cryosleep’.

Bellamy also formed a part of the supergroup The Jaded Hearts Club, alongside Miles Kane and Graham Coxon, who released a cover of Northern Soul classic ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do).

Muse have already announced a number huge festival headline shows for this summer. They’ll play Isle of Wight Festival in June, alongside the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Kasabian, followed by a set at Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival the following month, plus shows at Germanys’s Rock am Ring and Rock im Park.