Entries tagged with: Refused
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Refused at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
17 years ago, Refused declared The Shape of Punk to Come with a record that put '80s hardcore, '90s metalcore, progressive rock and more in a blender. It didn't turn out to be the shape of punk to come for many bands (besides like, maybe The Blood Brothers and a few others), and that's part of why it's lived up so well and doesn't sound dated. Next week, they'll give it a long-awaited followup, Freedom (due 6/30 via Epitaph), and the whole thing is now here to stream.
Even for the members of Refused, their 1998 album wasn't the shape of punk to come, as singer Dennis Lyxzen instead spent much of the time since Refused's breakup exploring his love of pop in The (International) Noise Conspiracy. He hasn't lost that pop side on Freedom, and it's not a surprise that they approached Taylor Swift/One Direction songwriter Shellback to co-write two of its songs. But Freedom actually sounds poppiest on songs Shellback had nothing to do with, like the stadium rock swagger of "War On The Palaces," "Françafrique" and "Servants of Death." Elsewhere on the album, Refused still crush in the way that only Refused can. "Elektra" and "Dawkins Christ" sound like lost b-sides from Shape of Punk, and "Destroy The Man" pretty much nails the middle ground of their poppy and heavy sides. Check out the whole thing for yourself, below.
Refused will be back in North America later this summer for a tour with another band that pushes the boundaries of heavy music, Faith No More. That tour hits NYC on August 5 at MSG. Buy tickets or win them.
photo: Refused at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
After releasing "Elektra" and "Françafrique," Refused are now back with a third song from Freedom, their first album in 17 years (due 6/30 via Epitaph). It's called "Dawkins Christ," and it's way more on the band's heavy side than the most recent poppier single. Listen below, via BBC Radio 1.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Refused's tour hit NYC for three shows last week. We already posted pictures of MHOW and a review of MHOW and Vitus, and now we've got a set of pictures from the Bowery Ballroom show (6/3) that had quality openers Big Eyes and War On Women.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Refused @ MHOW - 6/4/15
Last night (6/4) on stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Refused singer Dennis Lyxzen told the crowd how he was a metalhead as a kid, but one day traded his copy of Napalm Death's Scum for a Youth of Today record, and the rest was history. He said he wanted his band to be just like those New York Hardcore bands, but there was one difference: they weren't tough. And it's true, Refused are not tough. They sound tough -- when they incorporated the intro to Slayer's "Raining Blood" into their own "The Deadly Rhythm" you would have thought it was part of the song if you didn't know any better -- but their stage show is pretty much the exact opposite of macho. They came out wearing blazers, and Dennis is more about flamboyant dancing than the typical moves of the hardcore bands that influenced them. It was as good a reminder as any that they were once labelmates with fellow Swedes The Hives.
Sometimes it was a little funny, like when you'd watch some of the burlier dudes stage dive in front of this band in suits, but mostly that juxtaposition is what makes them great. On one hand, you've got these could-be pop stars on stage, and on the other, they're chugging away at their guitars and screaming their heads off. It's not like no other band ever tried that approach, but even 17 years after their last record few can do it like Refused.
After the MHOW show, Refused headed to Greenpoint for a last-minute aftershow at Saint Vitus (similar to what they did at Acheron after Terminal 5 in 2012). Refused already played their great, regular Refused set for the night, but at this point it was 2 AM, Dennis had been "sweating for four hours straight" (as he said on stage), and they wanted to have some fun. They did a few off Shape of Punk (including the "Deadly Rhythm/Raining Blood" thing again and a ballistic encore of "New Noise"), a new one, and a handful of covers including Black Sabbath's "Fairies Wear Boots," Black Flag's "My War," Fugazi's "Bed For the Scraping," and threw in bits of Snapcase and Earth Crisis and more. They clearly weren't taking themselves too seriously, and I think just about everyone in that room, on stage and off, was having a killer time.
The Vitus show was opened by Primitive Weapons, and the MHOW show had Creepoid and an unannounced set from Obliterations. Obliterations play NYC again tonight (6/5) with Refused's west coast tourmates White Lung, which Dennis told the crowd they should go see (you can still get tickets).
Last week, Refused played an in-store at LA's Vacation Vinyl, which pro-shot video has now been released from. Watch that, with more pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg, Refused's MHOW setlist and a video of the Sabbath cover from Vitus, below...
UPDATE: IT HAPPENED.
photo: Refused at Europa in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Refused's tour hits NYC for its second time this week TONIGHT (6/4) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Creepoid (who have three other NYC shows). That's been sold out for a while, but if you didn't get in (or you did but you want to pull a Refused double header), you're in luck. After the MHOW show, Refused will head to Greenpoint for a late Saint Vitus show!. Doors are at 12:30 AM, and Primitive Weapons open. Tickets are on sale now.
photo: Creepoid at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
We already knew War On Women were opening Refused's Bowery Ballroom show, and now Philly shoegazers Creepoid were announced to open their other NYC show: 6/4 at MHOW. Both are sold out. That's not long before Creepoid's tour hits NYC for a headlining show at Mercury Lounge (6/23) with Ecstatic Vision (tickets).
Both Creepoid and War On Women are on a few other Refused dates too. The West Coast dates are with White Lung. And Refused also has a run opening for Faith No More which hits NYC on 8/5 at MSG. You can buy tickets for MSG or win them. Updated tour schedule below.
Refused also put out a new song today which you can hear below too.
Refused recently released "Elektra" from Freedom, their first album in 17 years (due 6/30 via Epitaph), and now they put out a second track. It's called "Françafrique" and you can hear it below (via The Guardian).
Refused also have tour dates, including sold-out NYC shows on June 3 at Bowery Ballroom and June 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and one opening for Faith No More at MSG on August 5, which you can buy tickets to or win them.
Since we last spoke, War On Women were added to the Bowery Ballroom show. They play another NYC show with RVIVR on 6/21 at Palisades. Also on that bill is Arm Candy and Rips. Tickets are still available.
UPDATE: Creepoid are opening the Brooklyn and DC dates, and War On Women also open Chicago and Boston.
New Refused song and tour dates below...
photo by Dustin Rabin
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...
Faith No More also have a more intimate tour including two sold-out Webster Hall shows in May, and Refused have one too including a Bowery Ballroom show and a Music Hall of Williamsburg show in June, both of which are also sold out.
Faith No More (photo by Dustin Rabin)
Refused recently announced a tour of intimate US venues, including two now-sold-out NYC shows in June with TBA openers. (West Coast gets White Lung.) Now they've announced another tour, which brings them to slightly larger venues, this time supporting the reunited Faith No More!
The Faith No More/Refused run hits NYC on August 5 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at 11 AM. An artist presale for all dates starts Wednesday (4/8) at 10 AM local time, and the MSG show also has AmEx, MSGE, and Chase presales starting Thursday (4/9) at 11 AM.
All Faith No More/Refused dates are listed, with a stream of recent FNM single "Superhero" and a live video of Refused from 2012, below...
photo: White Lung at Fuji Rocks 2014 (more by Erina Uemura)
Last week, post-hardcore greats Refused announced a US tour, and it's now been announced that Vancouver's ripping White Lung will support them on their West Coast leg. No openers announced for their NYC shows yet though (which sold out immediately).
White Lung's dates include a run with Obliterations, a stop at Chicago's DRILL Festival, NYC's Governors Ball, and more. Their bassist for this tour will be Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally, rather than Wax Idols' Hether Fortune who they had previously been playing with.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Refused at Europa in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Swedish post-hardcore greats Refused briefly reunited in 2012, said the reunion was over, but then announced festival dates this year and also have hinted at a new album. Now they announced a run of US club dates, including two in NYC.
The tour has them playing 500-ish cap venues, which are much smaller than the last tour's Terminal 5 show and the Williamsburg Park show that was cancelled (but not smaller than the Europa show they played to make up for the cancellation). The tour stops in NYC on June 3 at Bowery Ballroom and June 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.
The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.
Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.
And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
Punk Rock Bowling 2015 already announced its initial lineup which includes great names such as Refused, Rancid, The Muffs, Murder City Devils, Discharge and more, and now the rest of the fest has been revealed. Joining those bands will be Sick of It All, Turbonegro, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, A Wilhelm Scream and more. Tickets go on sale January 10 at 1 PM PST.
Full lineup below...
Las Vegas' annual Punk Rock Bowling will be returning in 2015 from May 23-25. The initial lineup was just announced and it includes some pretty sweet names. There's the once-again not-dead Refused (their first announced US show of 2015), Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Murder City Devils (who recently put out their first new album since 2001), The Muffs (who recently put out their first new album since 2004) pioneering D-beaters Discharge, The Business, Swingin' Utters and Bad Manners. Tickets will be on sale in January.
photo by Dustin Rabin
Earlier this month, rumors began circulating that Refused, who claimed their reunion was over and since fired a guitarist, were not in fact finished as a band and would be putting out a new album. There's still no word on that album, but the band have since become active on Twitter, Facebook, and they have a new website. They first posted the above picture (with the caption "Old Friends / New War") and now confirmed three festival dates for 2015. They're playing Belgium's Groezrock, Canada's Amnesia Rockfest, and the UK's Reading / Leeds Festivals.
No US dates yet, but at least now we know for sure the reunion's not over. Hopefully more dates (and that new album?) to come. Meanwhile, watch a video of the band at Terminal 5 during their 2012 reunion, with their current list of dates, below.
Refused at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Refused reunited in 2012 and said that was it but now Property of Zack is pointing to an Instagram that seems to confirm they're recording a new album. The caption reads, "in austria tonight for the ahoi pop festival weekend along with st. vincent and this guy's band invsn which he's doing between finishing vocals for the new refused album that's coming out next year."
Meanwhile if Refused are in fact recording a new album, it's presumably without guitarist Jon Brannstrom. Earlier this month, Brannstrom posted to Facebook that he was fired from the band. The rest of the band responded saying:
Any collective effort will have its ups and downs and when people really pour their hearts into something, things get complicated. We cut ties with Jon already in 2013 because he did not share our passion for the band. We don't know why he decided to emit this narrative on facebook or why he did it now, instead of just calling one of us up, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors.Read Jon's full letter below, and hopefully stay tuned for more on that album...
INVSN (featuring Dennis Lyxzen from Refused) play Mercury Lounge on March 27 and Knitting Factory on March 28. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at noon and 10 AM, respectively.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Refused / Warpaint / Sleigh Bells, FYF Fest 9/1/2012
...Next came the great Warpaint / Hot Snakes / Chromatics dilemma of 2012. We love Hot Snakes, but with not-to-be missed hardcore Refused closing the evening, we needed something cerebral.The ninth annual FYF Fest happened in Los Angeles with an incredibly stacked line-up that included M83, Warpaint, The Vaselines, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, The Men, Redd Kross, Refused, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings and loads more. And that was just the first day. Pictures of those bands and more from Saturday (9/1) are below.
We picked Warpaint, and it made all the difference. The Angeleno quartet packed the main stage area to an earnestly mind-blowing set. No joke. Stella Mozgawa's metronomically perfect drumming is infused with the right amount of personality and swagger. To say nothing of the occasionally ethereal vocals and sonically interdimensional floating guitar licks. On top of the brain high, the all-lady act Warpaint drives a bit of a body-moving groove. If it weren't for the, er, gopher pockmarked ground, we might have just laid down and vibed out or whatever. Enough people did anyways... -[LA Weekly]
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
Refused @ Europa in Greenpoint
Soaked from head to toe, I walked out of Refused/Off! last night at Europa (7/18, brought to you by Scenic) with a smile on my face. Unlike their recent Terminal 5 shows, the Swedish band's last minute Europa appearance was a wild and overheated affair, more of what a hardcore show should be.
After the cancellation of the much larger Waterfront show due to rain, I knew to arrive early to Europa, so I got there around 7:45. The line was already stretched more than two blocks long, filled with many people who had paid to see the bands at the much larger Williamsburg Waterfront. The Europa show was first come, first served, free and all ages (Waterfront tickets are being refunded), and the venue only let in roughly 500 folks. They went down the line giving out tickets, and those who didnt get a ticket walked up and down the line looking to buy one ("I'll pay $100 for a ticket"). There were a lot of those people. The nearby police station seemed to empty on to the street, with cops standing on the corners surveying the crowd.
The doors opened around 8:30 and people started rolling in to the Greenpoint club. Hot as hell in there. Sweating. A lot.
After a long wait, OFF! played their set to a mostly cross-armed crowd with a few newbie-mosh-types attempting to start a pit. They ended up just bouncing off of each other while the borderline-comatose crowd looked on. It wouldnt be until Refused got on stage that the real mayhem started. More sweating.
After waiting in the venue for what seemed like an eternity (now, dripping), Dennis from Refused made his way to the front to start the set. The crowd got tighter around the stage. By the time the band started, the front was either moving in a wave-like motion, avoiding the mosh pit, or looking out for stagedivers. The band's set seemed similar or identical to their previous outings but with one very notable exception: John Joseph (of the Cro-Mags) arrived on the scene late in their set to perform Bad Brains' "Attitude" and Cro-Mags' "We Gotta Know". This was my highlight for sure, especially in light of the recent violence and the PMA message of the Bad Brains classic. You might remember that at Terminal 5 it was Lou from Sick of It All who came up and performed with Refused (and Sick of it All was also supposed to perform at the recent Webster Hall show that ended early). Not my favorite band, but a solid set from the Swedes. Though the prize of the night goes to the insane audience.
Oh, and during their set, Refused strangely made an onstage proclamation about their past and "still" status as a revolutionary band. Considering their anti-capitalist stances in the past, I think that is a bit more than over-reaching (I disagree entirely). They should probably avoid saying that entirely.
Nevertheless, I also think that Refused's big moment, which passed many years ago, deserves to be celebrated to the fullest. At Europa last night (their 2nd small Brooklyn show this year) show this year), it most certainly was. It was just a bummer that so many that had planned to see the band at Williamsburg Waterfront, not to mention Philly tonight, were left out.
Refused played Jimmy Fallon earlier that day. Video of "New Noise" and "The Shape of Punk to Come" from that appearance, along with pictures from Europa are below.
Refused @ Terminal 5 in April (more by BBG)
Not as many people will get to see them, but good news from Refused who report:
"Brooklyn, this is the best we can do. OFF! has secured Europa Club (98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn) for us to play tonight. First come, first serve. Doors 9pm, OFF! at 10pm and we will play until Fallon comes on!"The show was supposed to be at the much larger Williamsburg Waterfront but was cancelled due to rain. Refused are on Fallon tonight.
The Hot Chip show in Prospect Park is still happening in Prospect Park (though doors were pushed back to 7:30), and the afterparty for that is at Santos where the free, first come, first served JEFF the Brotherhood show is earlier.
Refused Flyer below.
Not surprisingly, Refused / OFF tonight at Williamsburg Park is, um, off. No word on a reschedule, but prepare for the inevitable "secret show" rumors on Twitter in 3.... 2.... 1... UPDATE: and here it is. Show is now at Europa!
At least you can catch Refused in their television debut tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and refunds for the Brooklyn show are being offered.
Refused and OFF! also had their Philly Riot Fest show pulled out from under them. That was supposed to happen tomorrow.
Hopefully the Thursday show at Williamsburg Park, and the Riot Fest coming up there, fare better.
The outdoor show on the Intrepid is also cancelled.
Field Report at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tonight (7/17) is the first show for new Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Maybe this isn't the most exciting start for the venue, but there are a lot of cool shows coming up, including Refused with Off! on Wednesday (7/18), a big outdoor edition of Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" with "special guests" and OK GO on Thursday (7/19), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Antibalas on August 18 (FREE), Bob Mould playing Sugar's first two albums on September 7 (FREE), David Byrne & St. Vincent on September 29, Animal Collective on October 5 and more. All upcoming Williamsburg Park shows are listed below.
If you're a fan of Field Report (aka former Justin Vernon cohort Chris Porterfield) but would like to see him in a more intimate setting, he's also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/21). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.
Riot Fest East 2012, scheduled for Thursday, July 19 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia, PA has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Refunds will be available at point of purchase. We are truly sorry for those of you who were planning on coming out. This one hurts, but, a rescheduled show is in the works. More information about the new date will be made available soon.The smaller Riot Fest Brooklyn is still happening at Williamsburg Park which is also where Refused and Off! are playing one day before they were supposed to play Philly.
Speaking of Refused, they were also just announced on the lineup of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012.