Last Known Status: Regrouped
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Below is our complete Refused news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Refused has released "Dawkins Christ," a new song from upcoming album "Freedom" due out on June 30th via Epitaph and the band's first new album since 1998's "The Shape of Punk to Come." According to drummer David Sandström:
"The title refers to the famous biologist whose atheist theology has inspired a semi-cult who in turn sees him as a messianic figure, an irony that partly inspired the lyrics. The music draws from the film scores of Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone as well as pre-'Reign in Blood' Slayer."
Seventeen years ago Refused played a "final" show in a basement in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The show was shut down by police in the middle of that final set and days later the band published a manifesto online proclaiming: "Refused is fucking dead." Thus the legacy of Refused was born. This spring, in an unexpected turn, Refused announced the release of a new album. Hear what's in store below. More...
Refused is fucking alive and there's no escape: the Iconic Swedish hardcore band is releasing "Freedom" (the band's first new album in 17 years) on June 30th via Epitaph. Listen to the first new song "Elektra" below, courtesy of Pitchfork.com.
In 1998, Refused released the iconic album "The Shape of Punk to Come." It was also the year that the band broke up and declared "Refused Are Fucking Dead." Fourteen years later, the band reignited in 2012 for a Coachella performance and the group started contemplating new music within the first four months of the reunion tour. This process was greatly aided by the fact that drummer David Sandström, guitarist Kristofer Steen, and bassist Magnus Flagge had already been writing together informally for several years under the auspices of a new, vocal-less band.
Frontman Dennis Lyxzén states: “It’s not a reunion anymore. This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”
Drummer David Sandström adds: "Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up. Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.” More...
Red Fang drew my attention first during day two. Contrary to their name, Red Fang’s bite energized rather than paralyzed the crowd. Although they came from the land of fog and towering trees of Oregon, their riffs were the size of Texas and filled with a gritty quality not unlike the festival’s dusty, trodden paths. Their catchy rhythms, guitar solos and drum fills grabbed the modestly sized audience and injected groove into their stoned bones. With prior SXSW appearances, Red Fang has become a well-recognized force in Austin’s festival circuit. Make sure to check these guys out on their touring supporting the “Murder the Mountains” album.
Swedish hardcore band will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC Television on Monday, April 23rd at 12:35am/11:35pm CST. This is the band’s first ever television appearance that will coincide with the group’s first shows since breaking up in the late ‘90s and will include performances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13th and 20th. Refused will also tour the U.S. in July, including Riot Fest in Philadelphia. The following press release was also issued:
"Originally released in 1998, The Shape of Punk to Come has become one of the most influential albums in decades, fusing punk, metal, hardcore, techo, jazz, emo, and hip-hop into a meld of intricate, politically charged punk that has graced ‘best of’ lists since its release.
"Refused’s most critically acclaimed and final album exploded on the scene with the jaw-dropping hardcore anthem 'New Noise,' which helped change the game forever by influencing a range of genres to this day, which includes being named 'Best New Re-issue' by Pitchfork.com in 2010."
Refused tour dates are as follows: More...
Swedish hardcore band Refused has announced a series of shows scheduled for summer 2012. This is the band’s first appearance since breaking up in the late ‘90s and will include performances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13th and 20th and the Way Out West Festival in Sweden Aug 9-11. Refused has released the following statement:
"It's been a motley 14 years since our band came apart. We've all kept busy in our respective endeavors but we've all remained friends and kept in touch. There have been offers, and lots of jokes about these offers. We've sort of looked down from our high horses and made fun of people who've just wanted to share the psychopathic intensity that we would deliver on a nightly basis in our post-pubescent prime. A reunion has just seemed irrelevant to us. Too much other shit to do…
"We never did 'The Shape of Punk To Come' justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there's this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes…"
For more details, head over to the official Refused website at this location.