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Muse Goes All Dubstep On You With “Unsustainable” Single

It seems like the dubstep craze is drifting well beyond EDM these days, the heavy drum and wobble-bass making “guest appearances” everywhere from bubblegum Bieber-pop to the R&B stylings of Chris Brown. And now rock band Muse has gotten in on the action with their latest track “Unsustainable” from their upcoming album The 2nd Law.

Given Muse’s propensity toward electronic elements, a bit of dubstep wouldn’t be entirely out of character in their music, but given their propensity to be original and challenge the status quo, it seems a bit odd that they would throw something so incredibly trendy into their mix. What does it mean? Did Muse do this to try and keep up with the times, or did they hijack a fad to make their own cultural statement?

You be the judge.

“Unsustainable” is mainly instrumental, and in typical Muse fashion, it’s…well…big. Epic, orchestral, dramatic—all that good stuff. And then, there in the middle, it’s like Skrillex jumped in and pre-empted everything. Don’t get me wrong—it sounds awesome, and it makes me want to hear the rest of the record. It’s just—

Dubstep, guys? Seriously?

Incidentally, it’s rumored that Muse will be performing at the closing ceremonies for the Olympics this weekend. Just in case you needed an excuse to tune in.

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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