There are only three dudes in [artist id=”1191782″]Muse.[/artist] That’s important to note, because they sound positively massive — both live and on record — like Bang Camaro on steroids or the Polyphonic Spree if Tim DeLaughter armed everyone with a guitar. The noise they summon, these three, mild-mannered Brits, is almost otherworldly.
And to that end, I’ve always maintained that the best way to see Muse is live, on the biggest stage possible, with the hugest amps and the brightest lights available. For years, we here in the States weren’t afforded that opportunity (though the band’s live album HAARP — named after a top-secret ionospheric research project, naturally — is a pretty good primer), but lately, thanks to the success of 2006’s Black Holes and Revelations album, Muse have had good reason to tour the U.S. They are popular here — certainly not on the same level as in the U.K., but big enough to headline Madison Square Garden once (with a second stand scheduled for March). The time is right to catch them in their natural habitat.
I only mention all of this because on Thursday (January 14), Muse premiered the video for the title track from 2009’s Resistance, and it’s very live, indeed: the massive amps, the bright lights and (most importantly) the massive sound.
Filmed by director Wayne Isham — who, thanks to his work with the likes of Mötley Crüe and Metallica is used to these types of over-the-top things — “Resistance” is just like buying a ticket to a live Muse show, only without those nasty Ticketmaster surcharges. Not to mention it’s a pretty classic “live video,” capturing the tension of the crowd — the slo-mo sprints to the front of the barricade — and the sheer enormity of the band’s set.
But, honestly, nothing compares to the real thing. So consider “Resistance” to be a primer. Then get yourself ready for Muse’s next run of U.S. shows, scheduled to kick off in late February. You’ve been warned.