Coming Soon: The Refused-Not So “Fucking Dead” After All

Legendary Punk Rockers to Hit Vancouver August 27th

Date: August 16, 2012
By: Desiree Mark

When news of a Refused reunion broke earlier this year, I was about ready to pack my suitcase, put on my SPF-Hipster 100, and jump the next flight to Coachella. Forget Tupac rising from the grave to play alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre (oh wait, that wasn’t real you say?). All I really wanted was to see legendary Swedish punks The Refused reunited after an excruciating 14-year hiatus.

The last we heard from The Refused was back in 1998 when they released The Shape Of Punk To Come, the album wasn’t as well received as the band had expected. As it’s only in our nature as people to be cautious and weary of anything that seems too new or out of what is comfortable and socially acceptable at the time, and that’s exactly what went wrong. The Refused were simply too far ahead of their time in relation to where the rest of the music scene was lingering back. Eventually people around the world caught on and fell for this New Noise, but by then it was too late. The Refused broke up in 1998 and explicitly declared to never reunite.

But then…In March 2010, Epitaph Records re-launched the old Refused website, simply displaying the words “Coming Soon.” This brought about much buzz on the internet and started rumours of a reunion. Then, on January 9, of this year, The Refused released an official statement regarding their 14-year hiatus and decision to get back together:

“We had a band once, in Umeå. We would pile in a van, like every other punk band, and thunder off in pursuit of friends and glory in some basement in front of 20 people, 50 people, in towns 4-5 hours away. Sometimes there would be more than a hundred people and we would later in the week refer to that as a “big show“. We were ambitious, but we didn’t think of it as a career. We never made any fiscal sense whatsoever during 7 years of touring. Like most punk bands, it never occurred to us to even try. We had a scene, we had some politics and we had just a hint of artistic ambition. True to our Swedish roots we got very serious very fast. And then suddenly we got good. It’s a delicate path to tread for precocious twentysomethings anywhere on the planet, but this particular bunch didn’t make it. And that was fine. Most enterprises in life are unrelated to incredibly violent rock music.

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.

But then Kristofer got his degree from the Swedish opera academy, Jons medical studies began drawing to a close and Dennis and David started a new hardcore band together. Finally, after a decade and a half hiatus, Kristofer picked up the guitar again. Which made David want to play the drums again. Which in turn led to all four of us suddenly making new music in assorted constellations. As all this was brewing, Coachella got in touch. There were a couple of phone-calls, lots of skepticism, some hesitant enthusiasm before one of us basically said: “–This is ridiculous. There are friends of ours who would murder close relatives just to go see bands there. Let’s just do it, one last time.” And with that, socialist fag-loving pc scumbags were on the road again.

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.

We feel that you deserve it and we hope the feeling is mutual.

See you in the pit.”

Many still believe that The Refused are single handedly responsible for creating what has now become known as the modern screamo/hardcore genre. They are living legends of the scene, and here at Remember MEdia we simply cannot be more excited to be a part of this! So many questions I’ll have to wait until the 27th to have answered… How will the band keep up over a decade later? (The guys are after all now in their late 30’s and 40’s, and a lot has changed over the past 14 years.) Are they still the same punks we loved 14 years ago? Can they get along for an entire tour? Will the police have to shut them down again?

Can The Refused really come back from the dead?

If you haven’t already got your tickets you can get them here at https://tickets.northerntickets.com/, but hurry because the Monday date is already sold out! See you at The Vogue August 26th and 27th, and in the meantime you should probably read this piece written by Dennis Lyxzen– See you in the pit

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