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Comeback Kings

After fourteen years, Refused are back on the scene

Written by . Published on January 13th 2012.


Comeback Kings

COMEBACKS are sometimes greeted with dubious eyes, but you'd be hard pressed to get anyone to say the same about Swedish, punk rock band Refused – if you're a fan that is. Kerrang placed their album The Shape of Punk to Come at thirteen in their 50 Most Influential Albums Of All Time list. After fourteen years apart the band have announced a series of shows scheduled for summer 2012. This includes Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival On April 13 and 20 as well as Way Out West Festival in Sweden August 9 – 11. 

"We want to do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes.

Refused set precedents in integrating aspects of punk, metal and hardcore, whilst adding a new jazzy and rhythmic make-up rocketing the band to stardom. A statement on their website read:

“It's been a motley fourteen 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 want to do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes.”

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