Refused Returns! Hear Their New Song, Co-Written By a Taylor Swift Collaborator
'Freedom' -- the hardcore band's first new music in 17 years -- drops June 30 via Epitaph.
Refused is back, and this time, it's for real. Three years after a fleeting Coachella reunion and 17 years since the release of their career-defining album The Shape of Punk to Come, the Swedish punks have reformed with plans for a new studio album.
"It's not a reunion anymore," frontman Dennis Lyxzén says via press release. "This is one of the most radical things we've ever done, both musically and lyrically."
The new album is called Freedom, and it drops June 30 on Epitaph, the same label that released The Shape of Punk to Come back in 1998. And that's not all. They've shared the opening track from Freedom, a burner that sounds a good deal like much of Punk to Come, minus the jazzy interludes and spoken word samples.
"Elektra" and another album cut called "366" were co-written by Shellback, the same Swedish producer who co-wrote and co-produced Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," and Britney Spears' "If U Seek Amy." The press release calls him a "longtime Refused fan" -- the plot thickens!
At any rate, it seems the stigma of following up on their most acclaimed work actually drove Refused to get back in the studio. "Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up," drummer David Sandström says. "Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us." Get excited.
Check out the track listing below:
2. Old Friends / New War
3. Dawkins Christ
5. Thought Is Blood
6. War On The Palaces
7. Destroy The Man
9. Servants Of Death
10. Useless Europeans
Here are Refused's upcoming tour dates:
April 29 Copenhagen, Denmark (Pumpehuset)
May 2 Meerhout, Belgium (Grozerock)
May 22 Hünxe, Germany (Ruhrpott Roden Open Air Festival)
May 24 Las Vegas, NV (Punk Rock Bowling)
May 25 Santa Ana, CA (The Observatory)
May 26 West Hollywood, CA (The Roxy Theatre)
May 28 San Francisco, CA (Great American Music Hall)
May 29 Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge)
May 30 Seattle, WA (The Crocodile)
May 31 Chicago, IL (Double Door)
June 01 Boston, MA (The Sinclair)
June 03 New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
June 04 Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
June 05 Washington, DC (Rock & Roll Hotel)
June 20 Montebello, Quebec (Amnesia Rock Fest)
June 27 Seinäjoki, Finland (Provinssi)
July 2 Opener Festival (Gdynia, Poland)
July 11 Collalbo, Italy (Rock im Ring Festival)
July 16 Viveiro, Spain (Resurrection Fest)
July 17 Tonsberg, Norway (Slottsfjell)
July 18 Tromso, Norway (Bukta Tromso Open Air Festival)
July 30 Atlanta, GA (Masquerade Music Park) *
July 31 Raleigh, NC (Red Hat Amphitheater) *
Aug. 01 Philadelphia, PA (Mann Center) *
Aug. 02 Columbia, MA (Merriweather Post Pavilion) *
Aug. 04 Boston, MA (Blue Hills Bank Pavilion) *
Aug. 05 New York, NY (Madison Square Garden) *
Aug. 07 Toronto, ON (Ricoh Coliseum) *
Aug. 28 Leeds, England (Leeds Festival)
Aug. 29 Gräfenhainichen, Germany (Pure & Crafted Festival)
Aug. 30 Reading, England (Reading Festival)
* with Faith No More