Former Cable member Peter Darrington has drawn attention to similarities between Muse‘s new song ‘Psycho’ and a song by his new band The Hudson Super Six.
Muse revealed ‘Psycho’, the first song from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Drones’, last week. The band have been playing the song’s opening riff in some shape or form since 1999. However, in a lengthy post on Louder Than War, Darrington suggests that there is a big similarity between the riff and that of The Hudson Super Six’s ‘Heartbreakin”.
Listen to both band’s songs below, now.
Darrington says that he was alerted to the similarity between the two songs by friends and references the recent lawsuit that saw Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke wind up owing Marvin Gaye’s family over $7m in a copyright legal case.
The Hudson Super Six released ‘Heartbreakin” in 2013, and Darrington admits to being a fan of Muse’s song. “I love the record. It’s a cracking single, quite a departure from their usual stuff, the only problem is, everyone is telling me it sounds exactly like our track,” he writes. “I listened to it and my first reaction was a terrible sinking feeling.”
“The main guitar hook, the verse riff and the drums all sound remarkably similar,” he continues before admitting that “the vocal melodies are entirely different”.
Darrington goes on to reason that Muse “probably don’t really pay attention to piddly little indie bands that barely sell enough records to pay for the next one,” and that “we probably have similar influences and likely listen to the same contemporary artists too”. He concludes that it is “impossible to tell” whether he has a case against the band.
Cable, Darrington’s former band, were active in the mid-90s and were signed to Mushroom/Infectious – the label Muse first signed to and released debut album ‘Showbiz’ on.