The hint came around Christmas when Matt Bellamy posted an Instagram clip of this song blasting out of his car stereo as he raced down the highway. Speculation was that this new track was going to be the heaviest thing Muse has ever done.
It’s definitely heavy–the intensity really gets kicked up a notch in the bridge–but it’s still pure Muse. I quote Matt: “Won’t Stand Down is a song 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
Now that we know that, it’s interesting to note that the video was shot in Kyiv, Ukraine. They know a thing or two about bullies and external aggression.
A sign of guitar rock to come in 2022? Oh, and there’s no word on a new album other than a statement that “the band is currently working on more new music.”