Watch Muse perform 'Pressure' from their latest album on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'
The band recruited a four-man brass band for the high-energy performance of 'Pressure', one of the highlights of their latest album 'Simulation Theory'
Muse supported the release of their latest album 'Simulation Theory' with a thundering performance of the album highlight 'Pressure' on Tuesday night’s episode of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'.
Sticking to the album's retro sci-fi vibes, the alt rock veterans were accompanied by neon pink strobe lights and frontman Matthew Bellamy sported a shiny black jacket straight out of an '80s sci-fi flick. Bellamy kicked things off with an earworm-inducing riff, backed by a four-piece horn ensemble.
Right after, he slid into the opening verse with his signature staccato vocals, drummer Dominic Howard joins in with his rolling toms, making up for the programmed claps that feature on the studio version (and were sadly missing from the studio audience). It was topped off with Chris Wolstenholme’s groovy basslines and eerie whispers as he handled backing vocals.
For a band that is most comfortable while playing sold-out stadium gigs, Muse pulled off a faithful rendition of the song even without the deafening arena rumble that the trio usually feeds off. Check out the performance below:
'Simulation Theory' arrived last Friday via Warner Bros/Helium-3 and marks Muse's eighth studio album. Produced by Rich Costey, Shellback, Mike Elizondo and Timbaland, the album sees the band veer towards a more pop-centric, synth-heavy sound.
In Meaww's review of the album, we praised it's "smart pop sensibilities, stadium-ready anthems, electronic gospels and energetic club bangers" and Muse's ability to pull off the new sonic innovation after a trilogy of darker-themed albums almost flawlessly. Read the full review here.
Muse will hit the road in support of 'Simulation Theory' with a massive world tour in 2019. Their North American arena leg launches February 22 in Houston, Texas and concludes April 10 in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by a run of European and UK dates spanning May to July. Get your tickets here.