Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard from Muse stopped by The Kevin & Bean Show to reveal their new song “Dig Down.” The song comes courtesy of an awesome music video featuring a female cyborg warrior with the band making appearances as Max Headroom-like characters on TV.
“When I was maybe 10 or 11 my dad, the first records he played to us, were sometimes gospel music, and sometimes blues music – Ray Charles, stuff like that. It’s never really come out in Muse before, but on this song it definitely did,” says singer Matt Bellamy. “It wasn’t until I laid all of my voices together – there’s 18 of them, Chris did 4 as well – but I was surprised at how gospel it sounded when you put them all together.”
“I think we just wanted to do something completely different to what we did on Drones, which was much more heavy, riff-based and guitar-based,” added drummer Dominic Howard. “Typically every time we approach new music we want to do something completely different to what we had just done, so this is that.
It’s the band’s first new music since their 2015 album Drones. When Bean asked if a new album was in the works, Bellamy responded, “Of course there is, yes, but it’s just not for a long time. In the past we’ve always worked on 15 songs at once, we’ve done 7 albums now, but I like the idea of writing a song, recording it, making a video, and putting it out – focusing on one song from beginning to end before we go on to the next one. And also I love the idea of putting it out as it happens because with a song like this – I only wrote this song about like 6 weeks ago. That’s the quickest I’ve ever got a song out from having written it. I think it’s nice for people to have the chance to hear a song that fresh.”
“So this song will be on the next album, but the thing is we’re going to put out a lot of songs for our next album ahead of the next album. Whether they’re songs like this, which are more like singles, or whether they’re more experimental things – we don’t know yet. I like the idea of giving people music as it comes instead of holding it back until the album is finished,” he added.
The band has been relatively quiet for the past few months after taking some time off after their most recent tour, which ended in August. “We’ve had about 7 months off of touring which is pretty long for us. It’s nice to just relax and do a bit of normal life, see family and friends, but it’s amazing at how quick it goes,” says Howard.
“I think we actually thought we’d take a longer period of time off than what we ended up taking, in terms of making new music, but obviously the world has changed in the last 6 months or so and I guess that triggered some inspiration. I found myself writing very quickly,” added Bellamy. “I think a lot of people are feeling weird and spun out by everything and almost scared of the future. That’s where we come in to our strongest position. Muse has always been good at responding to that kind of stuff going on in the world with songs that I think hopefully send a message of hope, that you can change all this if you want to.”