Muse are back with a brand new music video for another new song off their upcoming record. On Thursday (Sept. 27), the United Kingdom-founded band unleashed the five-minute clip for their latest single, “Pressure.” The video begins with an unknown person who may or may not be frontman Matt Bellamy, slipping on a pair of virtual reality goggles taking them to another world.
The person is transported to a high school dance set in the early 80s where things don’t exactly go as planned. Decorated with pastel-colored streamers and balloons, the viewer is invited into the school’s auditorium where the attendees are decked out in their most 80s-tastic wardrobe. Before the party can begin, the school’s principal (who’s played by Terry Crews) is seen on stage speaking to the students before introducing the band. Instead of Muse, Crews introduces the act as “hometown heroes and local battle of the bands winner” Rocket Baby Doll. For dedicated Muse fans, this is a massive Easter egg as the group won a battle of the bands competition under the moniker Rocket Baby Doll in the 90s.
While everyone in the auditorium looks unimpressed at first, things start to take a turn for the fun as the group begins to play. As the band performs, the kid viewers briefly saw at the beginning of the clip sneaks off with a fellow classmate to an abandoned classroom. While making out, they spill soda all over a computer which shots a laser beam across the room, striking the class pet. The laser beam turns the once harmless creature into a bio-engineered, zombie-making machine.
When the hamster invades the auditorium turning students into zombies, it’s up to principal Terry Crews and the guys from Rocket Baby Doll to save the day. Watch the Lance Drake-directed clip above.
“Pressure” will join previously released tracks “The Dark Side,” “Something Human,” “Thought Contagion,” and “Dig Down” on the band’s forthcoming record. Simulation Theory is due out Nov. 9 via Warner Bros. Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website.
In addition to the new music video, the band also announced the initial tour stops for the North American and European legs of their monstrous world tour. The North American portion will include stops in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington. The European / United Kingdom leg will include stops in Bristol, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Moscow, and more. More dates will reportedly be announced soon. Those who pre-order the band’s album will get early access to tickets for the 2019 tour. For more information about the upcoming tour, head on over to Muse’s website.