Female Android Makes Own ‘Mercy’ in New Muse Video
Robot rebels against scientists in striking sci-fi video for ‘Drones’ cut
MuseÂ returned to their rattling, riff-heavy roots this week with the release ofÂ Drones, and to mark the occasion, the band shared a new video for “Mercy,” an epic, grandiose cut with an equally dramatic sci-fi themed video.
The clip is set in a sterile, futuristic compound where male scientists work to create the perfect female android. They monitor their test subject’s every movement, make her perform mindless tasks or ”” whenÂ one scientist is seen unbuttoningÂ his shirt ”” worse, as the days on a reset clock fall away.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Muse video without some sort of rebellion. It begins when the protagonist bumps into a doppelgÃ¤ngerÂ and then stumbles upon a room filled with women who look just like her. Taking cues from empowering notes she finds between the pages of her books, she finally snaps awake and hurtles her texts at the glass partition that separatesÂ her from the scientists. She flees and hits the big red reset button in self-sacrifice, waking the other androids.
Muse will tourÂ Europe, Asia and South America throughout the summer and into the fall; no North American dates have been announced yet. Bellamy teased the band’s plans for the Drones live show, telling Rolling Stone, “Its going to be even more theatrical than probably any show we’ve done in North America. I don’t want to promise too much, but we want to incorporate drones into the show. I don’t know what health and safety will allow us to do though.”