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Muse announce new single ‘Compliance’ coming this week

“Compliance is about the promise of safety and reassurance sold to us by powerful entities during times of vulnerability"

By Hollie Geraghty

Muse stand in a line against a red outline and dark navy background in a blue-toned photo
Muse in 2022 (Picture: Nick Fancher).

Muse have confirmed that their new single, ‘Compliance’, is arriving this week.

The track is set to be released on Thursday (March 17), following January comeback single ‘Won’t Stand Down’, which was the rock trio’s first new music in nearly four years.

It will be the latest taste of what’s to come on the band’s currently untitled ninth album.

Announced alongside a teaser, a wall of text reads: “Compliance is about the promise of safety and reassurance sold to us by powerful entities during times of vulnerability.

“Gangs, governments, demagogies, social media algorithms and religions seduce us with misleading untruths and comforting fables. They want us to join their narrow worldview in exchange for obedience and turning a blind eye to our own internal voice of reason and compassion.”

“They just need our Compliance,” the teaser concludes. ‘Compliance’ is available to pre-save here.

Last week, Muse teased more new music could be arriving soon in a cryptic clip video clip.

In the 35-second clip, three huge busts of Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard stand on the outskirts of a city.

A crowd of mysterious hooded figures gather in orange-hued sands as they pull the statues down with ropes. The final shot is framed in the dimensions of an album cover.

The crowd can be heard chanting “the will of the people”, which some speculated could be pulled from an upcoming single.

Speaking about comeback single ‘Won’t Stand Down’, frontman Bellamy explained that the song is about “standing your ground against bullies, whether that be on the playground, at work or anywhere”.

“Protecting yourself from coercion and sociopathic manipulation and to face adversity with strength, confidence and aggression.”

Their last record, ‘Simulation Theory’, was released in 2018. Fans will likely hear new material at a number of festivals this summer. They will 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 in July.

Muse are also scheduled to play a number of European festivals throughout June and July. You can find ticket details and the full list of dates here.