"Any musical innovation is full of danger to the whole state, and ought to be prohibited . . . when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the state always change with them"
About a week after they leaked a massive album cut from the upcoming record, The Resistance, do Muse unveil "Uprising," the album's first single.
The single is being taken as a large change in style for the group - a pill I haven't seen many fans take very well - but "Uprising" is a very obvious next step for the band. It is a synth laden, rebel-rousing rock track. Matthew Bellamy takes a different vocal approach yet again with half-spoken verses, but the chorus brings you the familiar soaring vocals for which the band is known. The driving beat and base provided by Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard are infectious, providing the adrenaline rush that great philosophers feared could change a state.
The lyrics continue in the band's post-apocalyptic fashion, but this time instead of despair in the face of certain destruction (like that in Absolution) Muse decides to fight back in The Resistance:
"They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious!"
The stellar guitar solo is driven with chanting voices that are equally rousing. "Uprising" is exactly the right title for this track. If there were such a fascist government as the one Muse is depicted rising up against, this would certainly help joining the cause.
Understanding that this track is a form of high musical fiction, could this track - if it existed in the society Muse presents- be a form of political propaganda? If so, is it frightening or powerful? Where would you fall? Please leave a comment with your response to this in reference to the quote at the top of the post.
*The Politics, translated by T. A. Sinclair, revised by T. J. Saunders, London: Penguin, 1981, book 8, section 5, page 466
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