The groundbreaking, highly influential Swedish hardcore band Refused has played a small series of festivals this summer. This was the band’s first appearance since their breakup in the late ‘90s and now you have the opportunity to see the hardcore heroes of Refused live on stage in the intimate setting of the Rockhal on 10 October 2012. Get ready for a grandiose reunion show!
Refused have 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…
Originally released in 1998, “The Shape of Punk to Come” blurred the lines that separate punk, metal and hardcore, while peppering this brutal fusion with bits of techno percussion, jazzy rhythmic change-ups and long, complex song structures that support politically-charged messages. 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.
After all this time, the band, with their politically inspired songs, has not lost any of their power. Refused are NOT dead, and still rock as hard as ever! Don’t miss the opportunity to finally see them live at the Rockhal on 10 October 2012.