British rock trio Muse is all about going retro on their new album cycle for Simulation Theory. The band channeled their inner 80’s sci-fi nerd with awesome album artwork and nostalgic-themed music videos accompanying new singles like the recently shared one for “Pressure” back in the fall.
The band’s latest release is actually a non-album recording altogether, as they hit the studio to record their cover of Duran Duran’s 1982 hit, “Hungry Like THe Wolf.” The recording has since been shared to Spotify as part of the streaming platform’s “Spotify Singles” series. The rock band initially performed a well-received live version of the 80's track late last year when they were the musical guests on European show, “Taratata.” Their live performance from back in the fall can be watched via the multi-camera video seen above and can be compared to their new studio version of the Duran Duran hit with the Spotify player below.
The Muse version of “Hungry Like The Wolf” sticks pretty close to the original, although singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy probably wouldn’t be too happy to hear that with the fantastic vocal performance he delivers. The instrumental mix is a perfect balance of 80’s synth sparkle and distortion-driven power guitar. It’s wild to think back when a time when distortion pedals were as valuable to make a radio hit as Ableton and drum pads are in 2019. The band also recorded a new version of “Pressure” for the “Spotify Singles” release, which can also be heard on their streaming page.
The band was recently in Brooklyn, New York to partake in Radio.com and Alt 92.3’s Not So Silent Night holiday concert event late last month. Their world tour in support of Simulation Theory is scheduled to begin late next month with an opening night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Feb. 22. The U.S. leg of the tour continues until April 12 before they head back over to Europe and the U.K. Fans can click here to purchase tickets to select shows on the upcoming tour.