Won't Stand Down
by Muse

Album: Will Of The People (2021)
Charted: 56
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  • This defiant, metal-leaning anthem finds Matt Bellamy standing his ground against a bully. He's been used and abused, but refuses to concede and is now launching a counter attack.
  • Rather than being tormented by a despotic government or the system, Bellamy's persecutor is someone he knows personally. According to the Muse frontman, his fight against his oppressor could "be on the playground, at work or anywhere." Having realized this person is exploiting him, he's taking his power back by refusing to give in to "coercion and sociopathic manipulation" and facing the hardship "with strength, confidence and aggression."
  • "Won't Stand Down" is Muse's first new music in four years, following their sci-fi synth pop Simulation Theory album. It marks a return to the industrial, hard rock sound of Muse's early records. "I like the idea of totally resetting and going back to where we come from," Bellamy told NME. "As in, physically moving back to our hometown and getting back to how we used to be at square one."
  • Matt Bellamy wrote the song. The band co-produced it with additional production by Aleks von Korff and mixing by Dan Lancaster (Bring Me The Horizon).
  • Filmmaker Jared Hogan (Girl In Red, Joji) shot the video in Kyiv, Ukraine. It features a fragile, wheelchair bound figure, played by Bellamy, who siphons the collective energy of a dark army. He draws strength from them and becomes the most powerful character in the room.
  • After 23 years of singles, Muse garnered their first Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay #1 when "Won't Stand Down" topped the chart.
  • Muse released "Won't Stand Down" as the first single from Will Of The People. The album tackles themes such as climate change, populism, and the chaos and protests of 2020. "I've had a bit of an anti-authoritarian nature all my life," Bellamy told The Sun. "I'm a rebel and Will Of The People could be seen as being about protest mentality or rise and fall of what we've seen in populism the last ten years. It could be seen as complete parody of what it is to be a populist."
  • Will of the People's title has a double meaning: it is also about giving the people what they want. When Muse's record label requested a greatest hits album, the band responded with a genre-hopping collection of new songs that combined their previous sounds: glam-rock, heavy metal, prog rock, electro-pop, and ballads. "It seems a bit like the end when you do a greatest hits," Bellamy told The Guardian. "And I just don't know if we've got enough hits. We're not really a pop group."


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