Muse drummer Dominic Howard told Kerrang! in a new interview that the band, wanting the feel of a 1980s sci-fi movie poster for their new album artwork, hired Kyle Lambert, the artist who created the Season Two poster for the hit Netflix paranormal series Stranger Things.
Howard had a specific vision in mind for the cover of the trio’s new LP, Simulation Theory, saying, “We wanted to do it properly. We had to find the right person, it had to be illustrated by hand (and) it had to actually look like a movie poster. We looked at a few different people, but I knew that Kyle, who did Stranger Things, would be the one.”
Howard added, “It was my idea to create something that looked like a film poster. I’ve wanted to do that for a few albums — some kind of vintage movie poster . . . this time, once we started working on videos with this director, Lance Drake, we realized it would be cool.”
The music videos have all had a mix of different ’80s sci-fi vibes, featuring everything from werewolves to aliens. The video for “Pressure” is an over-the-top ’80s throwback, featuring everything from a John Hughes-style school dance to Terry Crews zapping gremlins with a Ghostbuster-like proton pack. Previous clips from the LP have also played off the nostalgia for ’80s movies, with time travel, lasers and other pop culture references.
Simulation Theory arrives on November 9th.
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NEW ALBUM: Muse have announced that their new studio album, Simulation Theory, will be released on 9 November 2018. Pre-order for instant downloads of “The Dark Side,” “Something Human,” “Thought Contagion” and “Dig Down” now. Simulation Theory will be released in three formats: Standard (11 tracks), Deluxe (16 tracks), and Super Deluxe (21 tracks). For specific format tracklisting, please visit muse.mu. Pre-order through the band’s Official Shop for early access to tickets for Muse’s 2019 tour. Link in bio. Artwork by @kylelambertartist #SimulationTheory