Where To Start With... Refused
When Swedish noiseniks parted ways in late 1998, not many people batted an eyelid. They never made it outside the toilet circuit when it came to touring and dissolved quietly into the night. But, in the years that followed, their cult status grew and grew and their albums became compulsory listening.
After years of rumours and clamouring the band announced at the start of 2012 that they were indeed reforming for a world tour and slots at the planet’s biggest festivals. The shows were incredible and had fans desperate for more, but, as is the band’s way, they split again in 2013.
Fortunately this time their hiatus only lasted a few months, this time they were back for good, touring and recording and the first fruit from this new lease of life is Freedom, their new album, their first for 17 years, which is out today (June 29th).
Produced by Queens Of The Stone Age/Band Of Skulls knob twiddler Nick Launay, the band have called in some big guns to write with, including Shellback, the man behind many of Taylor Swift’s biggest hits and Anders Lind.
It’s slicker and more polished than the band’s early work, but still full of the same power and punishing pace as their finest hours and with some massive choruses to thrown in there too.
With Freedom out in stores and available to preview and buy on the right-hand side of the page, we thought it was high time to celebrate Refused and bring you five of their best moments…
The band’s 1994 debut album This Just Might Be… The Truth is a raw, stripped back hardcore record, packed full of short, angry blasts. It hints at the power to come, especially this track, which is a gnarly wonder.
The opening gambit on 1997’s Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent, this is a brooding, menacing track, driven by the band’s power and Lyxzén’s classic finger jabbing vocals.
In truth the whole of Refused’s 1998 album The Shape Of Punk To Come is a must listen. It redefined punk and hardcore, it’s sprawling, furious, ambitious and full of brilliant songs. Nothing sums that up better than the album’s opener.
This is the closest thing Refused have to a hit single, but it’s still a fierce angry stomper. Featuring an intro that will stand all the hairs up on the back of your neck and a riff that will crush, this is Refused at their absolute peak.
The lead-off single from Freedom, this proves Refused still have every last bit of their potency!