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Refused announce first new album in 17 years, ‘Freedom,’ share new song “Elektra” (listen)

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Refused, now without guitarist Jon Brannstrom, have been talking about a new album about a new album for a few months, and now it’s finally official. Freedom, the band’s first album since 1998’s essential The Shape of Punk to Come, will be out June 30 via Epitaph. Drummer David Sandström says, “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.”

Production for the album was overseen by Nick Launay (PiL, Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and two tracks were produced and co-written by Shellback (Taylor Swift, One Direction). One of those is “Elektra,” which is streaming below.

You can pre-order the album here, and check out the tracklist and artwork below. Refused also have tour dates coming up, including NYC shows on 6/3 at Bowery Ballroom and 6/4 at MHOW (sold out), and opening for Faith No More on August 5 at MSG (tickets).

All dates are listed below…

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Freedom Tracklist:
1. Elektra
2. Old Friends / New War
3. Dawkins Christ
4. Françafrique
5. Thought Is Blood
6. War On The Palaces
7. Destroy The Man
8. 366
9. Servants Of Death
10. Useless Europeans

Refused — 2015 Tour Dates
May 2 GROEZROCK, Meerhout, Belgium
May 22 RUHRPOTT RODEO Open Air Festival, Hunxe, Germany
May 24 Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, Las Vegas, NV
May 25th The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
May 26th The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA*
May 28th Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA*
May 29th Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR*
May 30th The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
May 31st Double Door, Chicago, IL
June 1st The Sinclair, Boston, MA
June 3rd Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
June 4th Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
June 5th Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
June 20 Amnesia Rockfest, Montebello, QC, Canada
June 27 Provinssirock Seinäjoki, Findland
July 11 Rock im Ring Festival – Ritten/Italy Collalbo, Italy
July 16 RESURRECTION FEST Viveiro, Spain
July 17 Slottsfjell , Tonsberg, Norway
July 18 Buktafestivalen , Tromso, Norway
July 30st – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park^
July 31st – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater^
August 1st – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center^
August 2nd – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion^
August 4th – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion^
August 5th – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden^
August 7th – Toronto, ONT – Ricoh Coliseum^
Aug 28 Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
Aug 29 Pure&Crafted Festival Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Aug 30 Reading Festival, Reading, UK

* – w/ White Lung
^ – w/ Faith No More

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