Dig Down (song)
|Album/single||Simulation Theory (10), Dig Down (1)|
|Length||3:48 (Album Version), 3:57 (Acoustic Gospel Version)|
|First live performance||18th May 2017 (Album Version), 2nd October 2018 (Acoustic Gospel Version)|
|Latest live performance||22nd February 2019 (Acoustic Gospel Version)|
|Recorded||2017 - Air Studios, London, UK/Los Angeles|
|Producer||Muse, Mike Elizondo|
|Chart position||24 (UK), 85 (US Modern Rock)|
|Blockades||<||Dig Down||>||The Void|
|Drones (2015)||<||Simulation Theory (2018)||>|
[Listen] (Acoustic Gospel Version)
"Dig Down" is a single that was released on May 18th, 2017. The song is more focused on Dominic's drums and Chris' misa kitara, there isn't as much guitar from Matt except for a small solo in the second half of the song. According to Matt, the song and its music video were written six weeks before its release; this means that the writing, rehearsing, and recording of the song as well as the music video were completed in less than two months. The page for the single can be seen here
Dig Down (Acoustic Gospel Version)
According to Matt, this was the 'first version' of the song, before getting it into a synthetic sound.
This version contains an acoustic guitar instead the electric one, and also a gospel choir. It also features piano and acoustic folk-sounding drums.
It was performed for first time at Later...With Jools Holland.
You can watch the official lyric video of this version here.
At the end of 2016, Muse posted pictures of them on social media hinting they are in the studio. In early April, Matt posted a video on Instagram that they were in the studio and a new song is coming soon. The song, wrapped in secrecy other than the BTS videos, was to be released with a music video on YouTube and on the KROQ Los Angeles radio station, followed by an interview with Matthew and Dominic on May 18th, 2017.
On May 8th and 9th, 2017, the band posted 2 videos called BTS and BTS #2, showing brief behind the scenes footage of an upcoming video. On May 16th, a final BTS video was released, titles Dig Down BTS #3. On May 11th, it was officially announced a new single called "Dig Down" would be released on May 18th, 2017, at exactly 07:00 Pacific Standard Time, on the KROQ Radio station in Los Angeles, California. At the same time, they released the music video for the song as well.
When asked what the song was about, Matthew Bellamy said “When I was writing this song, I was looking to counteract the current negativity in the world and give inspiration, optimism and hope to people to fight for the causes they believe in; that as individuals we can choose to change the world if we want to.”
The director of the music video, Lance Drake, said “The song is about survival and fighting the odds – when I heard this song I knew I wanted to do an action-packed narrative..."
The song chorus have some similarities with George Michael's "Freedom! '90" (between 2:28 and 2:48).
This song was recorded in Air Studios, in London in March or April 2017.
As of now, the Muse fanbase is divided regarding the song's reception. The general consensus among hardcore fans is not positive, though more information will follow once mainstream reviews are released.
At almost 3 months since its release, the song has been used as the opener for the North American Amphitheater Tour. Fans seem to have warmed up to the song, although the term "Dick Down" has become quite popular on social media. On the day the song was released, May 18th, Matt responded on Twitter to someone with the username Dick Down who asked if he chose his own outfits saying "Me, nice username." Matt's Response
Click here for the page on the music video.
Dig Down was written, recorded and released alongside a music video in around six weeks, among the shortest production times for any Muse song in history. For the 2017 tour, though it was skipped at the first concert in Orlando, it became the opener from that point onwards and was performed at every show for the rest of the year. The song was almost always the opening track throughout its Drones-era performances. For 2018, Dig Down returned, though not as the show intro. Instead, the song was performed midway through the setlist and sometimes in conjunction with Isolated System.
As of late 2018, for the Simulation Theory tour, the main version has been replaced by the acoustic gospel version.
When hope and love has been lost and you fall to the ground
You must find a way When the darkness descends and you’re told it’s the end You must find a way
When god decides to look the other way and a clown takes the throne We must find a way Face the firing squad, against the odds You will find a way
Dig Down Dig Down Dig Down and find faith When you’re close to the edge With a gun to your head You must find a way
When friends are thin on the ground and they try to divide us We must find a way We have entered the fray and we will not obey We must find a way, yeah
Dig Down Dig Down Dig Down and find faith When they’ve left you for dead and you can only see red You must find a way
Dig Down Dig Down Dig Down, find faith We won’t let them divide, We will never abide We will find a way
- John Kennedy for Radio X. (2018). John Kennedy - Radio X in conversation with Muse. Retrieved 2018-07-12 from Youtube.