Muse reveal ‘Defector’ lyric video – watch

The video includes interlude track 'JFK' which features an extract from a 1961 speech made by John F. Kennedy

Muse have revealed the official lyric video for ‘Defector’, a track taken from their new album ‘Drones’.

The video begins with ‘JFK’, the 0.54 second long interlude track that precedes ‘Defector’ on the album’s tracklisting. ‘JFK’ features an extract from a speech made by former US president John F Kennedy in 1961 to the American Newspaper Publishers Association. Watch the video below.

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Muse will release their seventh studio LP ‘Drones’ on June 8, following on from 2012’s ‘The 2nd Law’.

The video for ‘Defector’ features the band performing the track on a grainy television set, interspersed by various archive news clips including a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech, the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Iraq in 2003 and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Speaking on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music radio show earlier this evening (June 3), frontman Matt Bellamy discussed the video and the band’s decision to include Snowden’s image. “It’s a brave move to risk everything and go against the grain,” Bellamy said.

Speaking previously about the record frontman Matt Bellamy said it “explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors”.

Bellamy also claimed that ‘Drones’ is Muse’s best album, admitting, “That’s not something I’ve been able to say for a while.” He also told NME about visiting the White House and talking conspiracy theories with former Secretary Of State Colin Powell.