Devon rock trio Muse have recruited British singer-songwriter Dan Lancaster for their new live line-up. Lancaster has also previously collaborated with Bring Me The Horizon.
Lancaster’s work has seen him become a three-time Grammy nominee, and in addition to working with Bring Me The Horizon, he has also worked with a number of other high-profile acts including Blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer, One OK Rock, Lower Than Atlantis, Don Broco and A Day To Remember.
Muse performed their first large-scale shows this year, playing two charity gigs at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London, pulling out some brand-new songs in their setlist and treating fans to some rare tunes that the band seldom performs live. During these gigs, Lancaster’s contributions to Muse’s new live setup were debuted, seeing him take up percussion, synth, keyboard and guitar duties. Lancaster is primarily a producer, and worked on the mix for the band’s recent single “Won’t Stand Down”.
Lancaster shared several stunning photos of the performances on Twitter, with the caption: “Amazing couple of nights playing with @muse thank you everyone! Looking forward to summer”.
— Dan Lancaster (@DanJLancaster) May 11, 2022
Lancaster’s inclusion as a touring member has marked the end of an era for previous Muse collaborator Morgan Nicholls of Senesless Things, who has been touring with Muse for a whopping sixteen years. Nicholls extended warm sentiments to Muse via Twitter regarding their new tour, saying: “Wishing MUSE and all their family, friends, crew, management and lovely fans all the very best for the ‘Will Of Th People’ album tour. Sure to be utterly brilliant as always! Going to miss you all… until next time.”
In other recent news regarding Muse, the band has now released two singles from their forthcoming album The Will of the People, which is scheduled for release on August 26th. New music was initially teased earlier in the year when Matt Bellamy shared a clip of a new song (now known to be the lead single “Won’t Stand Down”) on a livestream hosted on Muse’s Instagram. “Won’t Stand Down” was released on the 13th of January and saw the band exploring the heavier side of their sound.
The second single “Compliance” was released on the 17th of March, once again following the anti-establishment themes that fans are accustomed to. In a statement regarding the song’s meaning, the group said: “Compliance is about the promise of safety and reassurance sold to us by powerful entities during times of vulnerability. Gangs, governments, demagogues, social media algorithms & religions seduce us with misleading untruths and comforting fables. They want us to join their narrow worldview in exchange for obedience and turning a blind eye to our own internal voice of reason & compassion. They just need our Compliance.”
Will of the People can be pre-ordered here.