Muse used crowd noise from England vs Colombia World Cup match on new album

The band made samples from fans' reactions to the match

Muse used crowd noise from England’s World Cup penalty shoot-out against Colombia on their new album, the band have revealed.

The trio released their eighth studio album ‘Simulation Theory’ last week (November 9). It features the single ‘Pressure’, which frontman Matt Bellamy used as an example when answering a fan’s question on Twitter.

After being asked to give a “fun fact” about the recording of the album, Bellamy replied: “Pressure with UCLA brass band features some stadium crowd samples. The samples we made are from England Vs Colombia World Cup penalty shoot-out (crowd cheering when England won) it was an awesome moment! They delivered under #pressure.”


England beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties in the 2018 World Cup after the match finished 1-1. The victory saw the English national team progress to the quarter-finals.

In a four-star review of ‘Simulation Theory’, NME said: “Yes, this is still Muse, but here they’re trying to be something else – well, everything else. They are avatars in a ridiculous simulation of teenage nerdery, inviting you to steal away from the nightmare, and into an electric dream.”

Muse will take the album on the road next year and have confirmed two huge UK dates due to take place in June. Remaining tickets for the shows are available to purchase here.

Muse will play:

June 2019


1 – London, London Stadium
8 – Manchester, Etihad Stadium

Meanwhile, someone has made a Muse parody that sounds a lot like the real thing. YouTube user HotChocolateParty uploaded the track ‘Orwellian Rebellion’, which features a piano solo and lyrics about the “surveillance state”.