Two and a half years after Muse released their sixth LP The 2nd Law, there’s still a bittersweet taste to that album. While it had some of their best songs to date, it also dragged on and contained inexcusable, horrific filler tracks. Now, with their new record Drones announced and scheduled for release on June 8th, the band have unveiled its first single, Psycho. Except it’s not a fully new track, but an entirely fleshed-out version of an old jam.
The riff that carries Psycho has been played live by the band for over fifteen years now, usually at the end of Stockholm Syndrome, and was referred to as “0305030” until now. While I’ve always enjoyed the riff as a jam (often accompanied by a Nirvana or Rage Against the Machine riff), I get mixed feelings from seeing it as a fully-developed song. Right now, it certainly works better than the filler from The 2nd Law, and probably warrants some hope that Drones won’t suck. The fact that the album was produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange should translate into more straight rock tracks, rather than the experimentation that produced gems like Madness, but we’ll see.