Refused were an active punk band through most of the 90s and broke soon after the release of their album The Shape of Punk to Come in 1998. The record slays.
The band got back together for a reunion in 2012, and now they will release their first record 17 years! The album will be called Freedom (that is the cover art above) and will come out June 30th on Epitaph Records. Our first listen is a song called “Elektra.”
The band is going all in on this new release. The producer is Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Kate Bush, Nick Cave) and they even worked with Swedish pop-producer Shellback. If you have turned on the top 40 radio in the last 5 or 6 years, you’ve heard one of his songs.
A punk band bringing in a huge alternative producer and a top-40 producer to help shape the sound of the punk to come? huh. I am interested to hear what a celebrated Top 40 producer can bring to a pop record.
Frontman Dennis Lyxzén says, “This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”
I want to believe that. Hearing the first cut, I am excited that it does feel like a comfortable Refused song. What I’d expect from the band.
Refused will be at The Crocodile in Seattle on May 30th. Wow, that would be worth the trip.