Muse say new single ‘Mercy’ is about ‘being overcome by the dark forces’

The track will be premiered on Monday night (May 18)

Muse have discussed their new single ‘Mercy’, which will be unveiled this evening (May 18).

The song receives its premiere on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show tonight between 7-9pm. It’s the fourth song to be previewed from upcoming album ‘Drones’, following ‘Psycho’, ‘Reapers’ and ‘Dead Inside’.

In a press release preceding the track, the band’s frontman Matt Bellamy said, “The opening line of ‘Mercy’ – “Help me, I’ve fallen on the inside” – is a reference to the protagonist [of the album] knowing and recognising that they have lost something, they have lost themselves.” Bellamy continued, “This is where they realise they’re being overcome by the dark forces that were introduced in ‘Psycho.'”

Speaking previously about the record as a whole, Bellamy said that 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”.

Muse recently shared photos from the video shoot for ‘Mercy’, with Bellamy posting a photo of him meeting Gustavo Dudamel, the director of Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Muse’s seventh studio album ‘Drones’ will be released on June 8, their follow-up to 2012’s ‘The 2nd Law’.

Bellamy recently claimed that ‘Drones’ is Muse’s best album, admitting, “That’s not something I’ve been able to say for a while.”