> THE NEWS 
 > December 25 - 2012

Message from Jon Brännström! 

Hi,

This is Jon from REFUSED. I'd like to interrupt with a completion of Dennis' commercial message from the other day with some more links, for those of you who are interested in our other musical projects. If you're not, sorry for the disturbance.

I'm in a band together with the multi-talented Jennie Billman. We call ourselves LUKS and are in the process of recording our first album. Sounds and info at Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/we-are-luks

Magnus is currently recording with his band GROUND SHIPPING He has also just made unreleased recordings of his band COBOLT available online. Check out his Soundcloud profile:
https://soundcloud.com/magnus-flagge

David's solo project, A HEAVY FEATHER, has a home page:
www.aheavyfeather.com

You can read more about Kristofer's direction of Puccini's La Bohème by following this link:
www.norrlandsoperan.se/eng/events/130228...

The unnamed band that David, Magnus and Kristofer has together with Anders Lind is still to be represented online. I've heard the demo tapes and it sounds fucking awesome, so keep your eyes and ears open for that. I'll keep you posted.

Other than that, I'd just like to say thank you to each and everyone of you who supported us this year. To everyone who came out to tear the roofs off with us. It has been quite an amazing trip.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Jon.
www.facebook.com/Refusedband

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 > December 19 - 2012

Message from Dennis Lyxzén! 

So, I don't even know where to start. I am beyond words grateful and thankful for this past year. It has been a wild ride and I wanna thank each and everyone of you that came out and supported these old punks!!

Now other stuff is happening and if you are interested in other parts of mine and the other guys musical endeavours and life here is a short update on what is going on!

I am recording a new record with my band INVASIONEN. In January. Invasionen is a postpunk sort of project with some of my closest and most amazing friends! Our new record is being done in both a Swedish and English version and should be out by the summer with some luck. 
www.facebook.com/Invasionen

I am also doing a Hardcore band with some friends called AC4. Just good old Hardcore. We have a record out in March called Burn the World on my label Ny Våg Records.
www.facebook.com/AC4official

Also for more general stuff in life I also have a personal page for all of my projects and doings!
www.facebook.com/pages/Dennis-Lyxzen/139772912749241

David is working on some musical projects as well. Last year he released a record under the name of A HEAVY FEATHER and he is working on some stuff together with Magnus and Kristofer which should be very interesting to follow!
www.aheavyfeather.com

Kristofer is directing his first opera in February which pretty wild!

Jon is finishing up his last term of medical school so by this time next year he will be a full on biking, skiing and running Doctor. He is also working on some musical projects that will see the light of day next year!

We will try and not bore you with our new projects here but once in a while we will check in and let you know what we are up to. If you are curious track down the new music that we are creating and if you like it support us. I think that we need it way more than REFUSED!!! :)

Alright, that is all for now. Thank you so much for this amazing year!!!! We are truly thankful!!
Stay Curious!
Stay Wild and Stay Hungry!

Much Love
D.
www.facebook.com/Refusedband

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 > December 18 - 2012

REFUSED are nominated in 2 categories in the Swedish Grammy Award 2013!

Just check the categories/nominees below:

The Swedish artist of the year:
First Aid Kit 
Loreen 
Mando Diao 
Refused 
Swedish House Mafia 

The Swedish international success of the year:
First Aid Kit 
Loreen 
Refused 
Shellback 
Swedish House Mafia

The Swedish Grammy Award 2013 will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at Cirkus in Stockholm and will be broadcasted by SVT.

Also check out this nice clip from Västerbottenytt that was broadcasted on SVT yesterday (only in Swedish): 
www.svtplay.se/klipp/917511/refused-lever-vidare-i-historien

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 > December 17 - 2012

Video: REFUSED, FINAL EXIT and ABHINANDA live in Umeå 2012! 

Right after the last official gig on the tour, there was this afterparty held at the venue Magasinet in Umeå. Guess what? REFUSED made another gig, but this time they played old songs and classic covers. On top of that the classic Umeå hardcore acts FINAL EXIT and ABHINANDA (which both shares members with Refused as you probably know) also played the same night!
Abhinanda, Final Exit and Refused live in Umeå 2012

Message on Dennis Facebook page after the show:

“Thank you! Thank you Umeå. Thank you White Horses, Råd Kjetil, Randy, Red Kross, Abhinanda and Final Exit. Thank you David, Jon, Kristofer and Magnus! Thank you everyone!!!”
/ Dennis Lyxzén

If you want more nostalgia, I can tell you that Refused also played the classic 1994 anthem "Pump the brakes" for the first time in 18 years on their last Scandinavian gigs. The video below is from the concert in Gothenburg on December 7. Enjoy! 
Refused - Pump the brakes

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 > December 16 - 2012

The REFUSED tour is over! 

REFUSED played their last show of their 2012 tour last night. In their hometown Umeå of course. I guess it was just as epic as last weekends gig in Stockholm. What a year it's been for all the fans out there. What a year it's been for the members in the band. What a year it's been for this site. 

Anyway, let's get back to the last show in Umeå again, the local News Magazine in Umeå did an exclusive interview with the band members, which is linked below. Unfortunately it's only in Swedish but there's also some great live photos and exclusive backstage photos linked below.

Check out the exclusive interview here: 
www.vk.se/761783/refused-har-fatt-revansch

Check out some exclusive backstage photos here: 
www.vk.se/761937/761937

Check out some photos from the gig here: 
www.rockfoto.nu/artists/refused/20121215/18173

Check out some photos from the Stockholm gig here: 
www.rockfoto.nu/artists/refused/20121208/18134

Click here for more photos from the tour: 
> The photos


Photo by Refusedfan.com. 
This photo was taken by me in Stockholm last weekend. These posters were all over the town. 
I say it again. What a year. 

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 > December 8 - 2012

Tonight this is happening: 

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 > November 8 - 2012

New REFUSED merchandise available!

Check out these new REFUSED merchandise prints: 

...and more designs by clicking here: 
www.kingsroadmerch.com/refused/region/

Please note: 
"In the hope of reducing shipping costs and environmental impact we have two stores. Both stores accept orders from anywhere on the globe and stocked items may vary".
/ Kings Road Merch

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 > October 26 - 2012

Message from REFUSED! 

GOIN' HOME

So there were those years right after school, when you were 15 and pissed off and everyone thought you were a loser and you ran around with the other weirdos, generating weirdness and little else. And there were those years when what set you apart from the others become a fixation and a lifestyle and you had a band and people talked about what you did but you were so used to being weird you just lumped them in with the rest of the slanderers. Then there were those years when the ideas you'd clung to through late adolescence were beginning to ring hollow and you got more and more confused and destructive and the band broke up and you had rent to pay. That was among the tougher years. And then slowly, over a span of time, you began to sort yourself out and your friends started making sensible decisions in their lives and it suddenly began to seem like most of you were gonna be ok.

And then there was the year when you stopped being a petulent kid and you got your favorite musicians together in a room again and decided that you were gonna accept the love of thousands of listeners, accept the success that was waiting there to be had and just in general enjoy being appreciated for the exact same qualities that made you a freak to your contemporaries in your teens. This was one of the better years.

And now it is coming to a close. It's been kind to us. And that old punkrock golem "The shape of punk to come" has done good. The hatchet is buried, 1998 is not such a terrible memory for us anymore. We're going home. And we're doing it in style.

With old friends and new acquaintances in tow we're gonna take over our old hometown Umeå for one more night, just because we can. On the 15th of december at the Exel arena we'll be sharing the stage with these magnificent comrades: Randy, a band of punkrock bandidos from the north who we befriended years before we even were REFUSED, Two White Horses, an excellent sister/brother-duo from Sävar, both of whom we've individually collaborated with in different musical projects through the years, and Råd Kjetil Senza Testa, a new and exciting musical collective consisting of old Umeå pop and hardcore scenesters, among them the guy who produced the very first version of New noise for a local hardcore compilation in early 1997. We unconditionally endorse these bands.

Great music, good crude fun, what more do you need? It's going to be one of those nights.
www.tickster.com/sv/events/j6z64866u2u6y9y

Thank you for populating the pit in 2012.

Over and out.

/ Refused

Click here for all tour dates: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

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 > October 4 - 2012

REFUSED confirms final tour dates in Scandinavia!

The message follows in Swedish: 

"The Shape of Punk To Come" är en brådmogen punkgolem vi råkade skapa 1998 och den har famlat genom en sekulariserad värld i fjorton år och 2012 fick vi till slut chansen att leda den till sin stam. Det har varit ett mycket intressant år. Vi har spelat överallt känns det som, och haft väldigt roligt längs vägen. Festivaler och klubbar i Japan, USA, Kanada och halva Europa. 60 spelningar, tusentals och åter tusentals som delat musiken med oss.

Men den har gjort sitt. Nu ska den ner i jorden. Vi vill hem till våra vanliga liv. Och vi har sparat det bästa till sist. Vi tänker bjuda in band och artister vi älskar, gamla kompisar, nya bekantskaper och lite begåvat folk vi inte känner, bara för att vi kan, och med dem som sällskap göra fem spelningar till. Ett litet ärevarv på väg hem mot Västerbotten. 

See you in the pit.

/ Refused

The final tour dates: 

• December 6: KB, Malmö, Sweden
• December 7: Pustervik, Göteborg, Sweden
• December 8: Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden
• December 9: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway 
• December 15: Exel Arena, Umeå, Sweden
• 
Click here for all tour dates: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

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 > September 25 - 2012

New REFUSED merchandise available!

Yes, this is almost a copy paste of last update; 
Check out these new REFUSED merchandise prints: 

...and more designs by clicking here: 
www.kingsroadmerch.com/refused/region/

Please note: 
"In the hope of reducing shipping costs and environmental impact we have two stores. Both stores accept orders from anywhere on the globe and stocked items may vary".
/ Kings Road Merch

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 > September 15 - 2012

New REFUSED merchandise available!

Check out these new REFUSED merchandise prints: 

...and more designs by clicking here: 
www.kingsroadmerch.com/refused/region/

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 > August 26 - 2012

REFUSED adds Australian tour dates in November!

REFUSED are going to the country down under! 
You can find all the tour dates by clicking here: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

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 > August 9 - 2012

REFUSED adds European tour dates in October!

That's right! The touring machine REFUSED have more gigs confirmed later this year. You can find all the tour dates by clicking here: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

I think it was time to collect some of the cover songs played so far by the band. They got some very special quests on stage so take a look!

July 26, 2012: Refused are playing some classic Black Flag covers together with Black Flag singer Keith Morris
Refused feat. Keith Morris - Police story/Nervous breakdown

July 18, 2012: Refused are playing some classic Cro-mags and Bad Brains covers together with Cro-mags singer John Joseph
Refused feat. John Joseph - We gotta know/Attitude

April 22, 2012: Refused are playing some classic Sick of it All covers together with Sick of it All singer Lou Koller
Refused feat. Lou Koller - It's clobberin' time/Injustice system

February 29, 2012: The swedish hardcore band Hårda Tider are playing "Away" by Step Forward feat. Dennis Lyxzén on vocals and "Proficiency" by Final Exit with David Sandström on vocals: 
Hårda Tider feat. Dennis Lyxzén & David Sandström

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 > July 19 - 2012

See REFUSED live at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Check out REFUSED live at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon playing "New noise" and "The shape of punk to come"!
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: New Noise
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: The Shape of Punk to Come

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 > July 15 - 2012

REFUSED at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

We're happy to announce that we will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday July 18th at 12:35am EST. Tune in to watch us make our television debut!

/ Refused
www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com

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 > July 8 - 2012

Dennis is on the cover of King Magazine! 

Check out the latest issue of the Swedish fashion magazine KING. It features a great interview with Dennis. 

On the cover it says: 
"Dennis Lyxzén about the most important reunion in the history of Swedish rock: Refused". 

And speaking about REFUSED, they keep adding more dates to their tour so I have updated the tour dates section. 

Click here for all tour dates: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

There's also some new members in the fanclub. Thanks! 
> The fanclub

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 > June 14 - 2012

REFUSED adds more tour dates in US and UK! 

Yes, even more dates in August confirmed! 
Click here for all tour dates: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

I was in Milano, Italy, last week and watched REFUSED perform at Arena Fiera Di Rho. Damn it was great! I know I have said this before, but if there's one band you need to see this year Refused is the one! 


Photo by Nina Sund. 
Dennis is standing on the crowd in Milano.

Check out some more photos from the gig here:
www.flickr.com/photos/cinziabertodatto/sets...

I have also updated the fanclub a couple of times recently. Thanks for joining. 
> The fanclub

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 > May 21 - 2012

REFUSED adds more tour dates! 

More dates in August confirmed. Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Canada - watch out! 

Click here for tour dates: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

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 > May 9 - 2012

See REFUSED live at Coachella in full HD! 

Here is a another chance to see the entire REFUSED set from the Coachella Festival on April 13. This concert was previously available on youtube but it was taken down due to a copyright claim from Coachella. But here it is again and now in full HD. Enjoy! 
Refused live at Coachella

The setlist: 

1. The shape of punk to come
2. The Refused party program
3. Liberation frequency
4. Rather be dead
5. Coup d' état
6. Summerholidays vs. punkroutine
7. The deadly rhythm
8. Hook, line and sinker
9. Circle pit
10. Refused are fuckin dead
11. Worms of the senses / faculties of the skull
12. New noise
13. Tannhäuser / Derive

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 > May 7 - 2012

New REFUSED merchandise available! 

Buy here: 
www.kingsroadmerch.com/refused/region/

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 > May 6 - 2012

Message from Dennis Lyxzén! 

It has been a crazy week. I came home from the first leg of the REFUSED madness a week ago. Still sort of dizzy from everything that went down.
This weekend we took the time to record a new AC4 record. 16 songs in 2 1/2 days. I still have to lay down vocals on 6 tracks and then it's done.
Tomorrow it is time to practice with INVASIONEN. We are writing new songs and on Wednesday we are off to play 3 shows in Finland. 
It is going to be so exciting.
I am superstoked and happy about people going crazy over the whole Refused thing. Really.
But I would be even happier if you took the time to check out the bands that I am doing right now, that are actually active at the moment.
Would mean the world to me.

/ Dennis Lyxzén

Check out: 
> AC4 - Discography
> Invasionen - Discography

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 > May 4 - 2012

Message from Jon Brännström! 

I just came back home from the first REFUSED tour in fourteen years. It certainly exceeded all expectations. Thanks to the hard work Kristofer, Magnus, Dennis, David and myself have put in during rehearsals, we didn't make fools of ourselves. Our excellent crew, Susanna, Marko, Don, Scott, Stephen, Svala, Frans and Robin have transformed my inexperience and anxiety into joy and have channeled our ...music into quite a show, as well as making the trip more than pleasant. Also, this would not have been possible without the determination and skill of Morgan, Mike, Linus, Fredrik and tons of other people who have been taking care of our music while we've been doing other shit.

All of this would have meant nothing if it weren't for you, though. All of you who came to our shows in Umeå, Stockholm, California, New York, Germany and Belgium have been giving new life to these old songs and I'm so glad to have shared these experiences with you. I hope to meet the rest of you during the summer.

Thank you.

/ Jon Brännström

(I managed to snap a shot of the amazing crowd at Groezrock during New Noise.)

Click here for upcoming gigs: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

...and finally some news about AC4! Yes, Dennis will enter the studio this weekend to start the recording of the second AC4 album! David is no longer in the band, he is replaced by Christoffer Röstlund from D.S.-13 and Bruce Banner etc. I'll keep you updated. 

/ Webmaster 
 

 > April 29 - 2012

REFUSED played another secret gig! 

Yes, they did it again! After the gig at Terminal 5 in New York on April 23 REFUSED played a secret gig! This time at a club called The Acheron in Brooklyn, New York. They even played a cover of the Earth Crisis classic "Firestorm" as well as their own 1994 anthem "Everlasting". Check out the video below, but I'm warning you... this is hardcore!!! 
Refused live at The Acheron

Check out some photos from the gig here:
www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/04/refused...

Refused have now left USA for a while to tour Europe, make sure you will not miss them live in a town near you!
Click here for tour dates: 
> Refused tour dates 2012

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 > April 25 - 2012

See REFUSED live at Coachella Festival! 

The entire set at the Coachella Festival in California on April 13 was filmed! Check it out here: 
1. The shape of punk to come
2. The Refused party program
3. Liberation frequency
4. Rather be dead
5. Coup d' état
6. Summerholidays vs. punkroutine
7. The deadly rhythm
8. Hook, line and sinker
9. Circle pit
10. Refused are fuckin dead
11. Worms of the senses / faculties of the skull
12. New noise
13. Tannhäuser / Derive

You also need to check out this video from the gig at Terminal 5, New York, April 22. REFUSED are playing some classic Sick of it All covers together with Sick of it All singer Lou Koller
Refused feat. Lou Koller - It's clobberin' time/Injustice system

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 > April 23 - 2012

The Shape of Punk to Come also released as a limited edition LP on red vinyl! 

Another release from the "Record Store Day"! This is the US version and it's pressed on 2 x 180 grams clear red 12" vinyls. Just look how beautiful it is: 

It also includes the CD version of the album, the "Refused are Fucking Dead" DVD and a poster! Only 2000 copies made. Find more limited "Record Store Day" vinyls here: 
> Refused: Limited edition vinyls

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 > April 22 - 2012

See REFUSED live at The Warfield! 

The entire set at The Warfield in California on April 18 was filmed! Check it out here: 
Refused live at The Warfield part 1
Refused live at The Warfield part 2
Refused live at The Warfield part 3
Refused live at The Warfield part 4
Refused live at The Warfield part 5
Refused live at The Warfield part 6
Refused live at The Warfield part 7

Also check out the link below for videos from the gig on April 13 at the Coachella Festival: 
www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/04/refused...

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 > April 18 - 2012

Limited edition REFUSED vinyls to be released for the "Record Store Day" on April 21! 

"Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated day observed the third Saturday of April each year. It's purpose, as conceived by independent record store employee Chris Brown, is to celebrate the art of music. The day brings together fans, artists, and the over 700 independently owned record stores in the United States, along with hundreds of independent record stores across the world."
(Wikipedia) 

No less than four different limited edition REFUSED vinyls will be released exclusively for this occasion! Two of them have never before been pressed on vinyl. Only 1.000 copies pressed of each title, so act fast! Curious? Well, check it out here: 
> Refused: Limited edition vinyls

Speaking about vinyls, check out this bootleg that I just got in the mail. I have no idea who pressed this LP but I'm glad that someone did. Pretty cool indeed. 
> The bootlegs

Last but not least, it's now possible to listen to the entire set from the gig on Coachella Festival, April 13. Enjoy: 
Refused live at Coachella Festival part 1
Refused live at Coachella Festival part 2

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 > April 15 - 2012

The first appearance on American soil since their demise 14 years ago... 

REFUSED played their last gig in Harrisonburg, Virginia on October 6, 1998. On April 12, 2012, they played their first official gig on their reunion tour when they played the Glass House in Pomona, California. 


Live photo by Bobbyhundred. Photo on poster by Dennis Blomberg. 
Left: Dennis screaming at the show in California on April 12, the first official gig on the reunion tour 2012. Right: The poster. 

Check out some great photos from the gig here: 
Refused photos by Bobbyhundred
Refused photos by Jonathan Weiner

They also played the Coachella Festival in California on April 13. Up next is San Francisco on April 18. 

I need links to photos taken on their reunion shows, I will collect them all on this page:
> The photos

Thanks. 

/ Webmaster 
 

 > April 12 - 2012

REFUSED reunion tour 2012! 


Photo by Dennis Blomberg. 

Dennis Lyxzén, David Sandström, Kristofer Steen, Jon Brännström and Magnus Flagge are back: 

• April 12: The Glass House 
Pomona, CA, USA 

• April 13: Coachella Music & Arts Festival
Indio, CA, USA

• April 18: The Warfield
San Francisco, CA, USA

• April 20: Coachella Music & Arts Festival
Indio, CA, USA

• April 22: Terminal 5
New York, NY, USA 

• April 23: Terminal 5
New York, NY, USA 

• April 27: Monster Bash Festival 
Berlin, Germany 

• April 28: Telekom Playgrounds 
Sterup, Germany 

• April 29: Groezrock Festival
Meerhout, Belgium 

• May 31: San Miguel Primavera Sound 
Barcelona, Spain

• June 1: Rock im Park
Nuremberg, Germany

• June 2: Rock am Ring
Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

• June 4: Arena Fiera Di Rho 
Milano, Italy 

• June 8: Nova Rock Festival
Nickelsdorf, Austria

• June 9: Vainstream
Muenster, Germany

• June 10: Download Festival
Castle Donington, United Kingdom 

• June 15-17*: Greenfield Festival 
Interlaken, Switzerland

• June 16: Hellfest Open Air Festival
Clisson, France

• June 17: Interlaken Flugplatz
Interlaken, Switzerland

• July 1: Eurockéennes 
Belfort, France

• July 5-8*: Roskilde Festival
Roskilde, Denmark

• July 5: Rock for People Festival 
Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

• July 6: Ruisrock Festival
Turku, Finland

• July 13: Optimus Alive 
Oeiras, Portugal

• July 15: Masquerade Music Park
Atlanta, GA, USA

• July 16: The Fillmore
Silver Spring, MD, USA

• July 18: Williamsburg Park 
Brooklyn, NY, USA

• July 19: Riot Fest East
Philadelphia, PA, USA

• July 20: House of Blues
Boston, MA, USA

• July 21: Metropolis
Montreal, Canada

• July 22: Sound Academy
Toronto, Canada

• July 23: Sound Academy
Toronto, Canada

• July 25: Royal Oak Music Theatre
Royal Oak, MI, USA

• July 26: Congress Theatre
Chicago, IL, USA

• July 29: Fuji Rock Festival
Yuzawa, Japan

• August 9-11*: Way Out West Festival 
Gothenburg, Sweden

• August 10: Øya Festival
Oslo, Norway

* Exact date not yet confirmed. 

Make sure to check out these official links for updates about the tour, tickets and more: 
www.officialrefused.com
www.facebook.com/Refusedband

Dennis Lyxzén will report from the tour here: 
www.facebook.com/pages/Dennis-Lyxzen/139772912749241
http://twitter.com/#!/lyxzenofficial

/ Webmaster
 

 > April 9 - 2012

Message from REFUSED! 

BOREDOM IS NOT ON THE TABLE

It’s been a strange couple of months. We’ve barricaded ourselves in a rehearsal space in the outskirts of our hometown Umeå and rediscovered not only the truly fierce music we made in our twenties but also our old tested and true 24/7 work ethic (or as friends and family refer to it: the diagnosis). Rehearsals have been electrifying and powerful, the songs seem to have stood the test of time pretty well and we’ve been having a great time preparing for the, mildly put, very unusual situations we soon will find ourselves in.

When we decided to do this, the idea was to make sure that as many people as possible would get to see us (if actual demand would prove to warrant such an approach, which we feel safe in saying it has), but to achieve this without us wearing eachother out (again) or David hurting his wrists more than absolutely necessary. We all have lives with friends and families back home so piecing it all together is a nightmare for the people helping us with that. We haven’t been a rocknroll band for 14 years so not all of us are as compatible with the culture of the music business as some other band in a similar situation probably would be. We never were, but in 1996 we could work our way around it by playing all of your hometowns, 150 shows in a year, no sweat. This is no longer the case. In summation: we want to play to everybody but we’re not the Rolling Stones. We convey this with all due respect.

“The shape of punk to come” was a beacon that we lit as 20-somethings in a small town in the north of Sweden. We wanted something more than what was on offer and we gave it our best shot. It didn’t pan out, we went out and played it and people didn’t like it. The record was a failure and we had spent ourselves on it. Our credits were used up. Then, like a free ball at the end of a pinball game, thousands of miles away from Umeå, it found itself an audience. We should have been forgotten by now, but we’re not, and why that is is near impossible to figure out. We’re grateful, either way.

It’s a peculiar and unexpected pleasure at this juncture of our lives to look forward to six months of travelling to fun places, finally getting to play this dense and volatile music to the people that it was actually intended for. We keep adding shows although we’re way past our initial limit (a profusion of shows across north america in July being the latest addition) and now with Coachella just a week away, we’re sharper than we ever were in our heyday, dead serious about making this worth your while. And if there were a lesson to be drawn from our 14-year journey back to being a band again, it would be this: stay busy, stay curious and stay fearless.

We don’t know about you, but for us, in 2012, boredom is not on the table.

See you in the pit.

/ Refused 

/ Webmaster 
 

 > April 1 - 2012

REFUSED played a secret gig again! 

I got a phone call from an old friend on wednesday morning. "Do you know that REFUSED are playing a secret gig in Stockholm this friday?" he said. I had no idea about this so it was a phone call that made my day! I've been into this band for 16 years now and as you know they split up 14 years ago. I was just a kid back then, I didn't go to shows just yet and therefore I never had the chance to see them live before it was too late. Something I had to regret for many years to come. Until now, 16 years later, my dream came true. The band that got me into music is standing right in front of me, screaming, jumping, sweating and playing the songs that have been with me for so long. It felt so unreal to be there. 

Thank you Christian for making that phone call! 
Thank you Dennis for putting me on the guest list! 
Thank you Refused for making my dream come true! 


Photo by Nina Sund. 
March 30, 2012: Refused will soon enter the stage at the venue Debaser Medis in Stockholm. See the magnificent intro in motion: Refused opening their set in Stockholm


Photo by Nina Sund. 
The poster. Hemligt band = secret band. Even though it was a secret gig rumours spread fast and the venue Debaser Medis sold out quick. 

Check out these clips from yesterdays gig: 
The shape of punk to come / The Refused party program
Hook, line and sinker / Circle pit
Summerholidays vs. punkroutine
Rather be dead
Worms of the senses / faculties of the skull
New noise
Everlasting

Check out some great photos from the gig here: 
Refused photos by rockfoto.nu
Refused photos by lukinzine.se

The set was fantastic! It was so intense, tight and powerfull in all ways possible. Whatever you do, do not miss to see them live on their reunion tour that starts in a couple of weeks. If there's one band you need to see this year, this is it! 

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Last but not least, check out some nice photos from the gig they made in Umeå on February 29 as well: 
Refused photos by Elin Berge

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 > March 1 - 2012

REFUSED played a secret gig last night! 

Yes, it's true. Yesterday REFUSED played a secret rehearsal gig in their hometown Umeå! It was their first gig in 14 years and it seems that it turned out great. Even though it was not announced that they would actually play, rumors where spread fast. It was a small venue and the line of people waiting outside was hundreds of meters long. 

“We played the first gig in 14 years. Can you believe it? 14 years! It was an overwhelming response and it was so fun to be on stage with David, Jon, Kristofer and Magnus again. It was sweaty, crazy and incredibly fun. This summer will be insane!” 
/ Dennis Lyxzén


Photo by Christoffer Röstlund. 
Refused live at Scharinska Villan in Umeå, February 29, 2012. The first gig in 14 years! 


Photo by Erik Åström. 
The line of people waiting outside the venue Scharinska Villan. Many people couldn’t get in to take part of this historical night.

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Refused were not announced to be playing as you can see on the poster (to the left). But it features the cover artwork from the first Refused demo cassette (to the right). Pretty cool. 

Check out these clips from yesterdays gig: 
Refused are fucking dead
Rather be dead
Everlasting

The setlist: 

1. The shape of punk to come
2. The Refused party program 
3. Refused are fucking dead
4. Rather be dead
5. Coup d' état
6. Summerholidays vs punkroutine 
7. The deadly rhythm 
8. Hook, line and sinker
9. Circle pit
10. Liberation frequency 
11. Life support addiction 
12. Worms of the senses / Faculties of the skull
13. Everlasting
14. New noise

This was written in the biggest Swedish news paper Aftonbladet today: 
 


Hardcore legends Refused in secret comeback gig
”Insanely fun to be back”

Hardcore icons Refused are back.
Last night they made a monumental comeback with a secret gig in Umeå, after 14 years.

The sweat steams into the minus degrees through the open windows. Outside people are standing on the frames to get a glimpse into the crowded concert.
When Refused does a secret warm up gig at the tiny club The Scharinska House in their hometown of Umeå, for their upcoming world tour, it is not so secret anymore. The line reach several hundred meters out into the snowdrifts, everyone wants to have a chance to see their punk heroes.

Rehearsed five days a week

When Refused takes the stage just before midnight, the room explodes. The band has been rehearsing five days a week in the last five weeks, six hours per day, for everything to be perfect.
– It's so insanely fun to be back, says frontman Dennis Lyxzén, 39.
Most of the material is taken from the farewell album "The shape of punk to come" (1998), the album that made Refused mythical and was hailed by everyone from Metallica to Guns N 'Roses.

Reunion – global news

When the group announced that they reunited for an international tour earlier this year, starting at U.S. Coachella festival in April, it became global news.
But the premiere gig took place in secret.

/ Christoffer Röstlund
(Aftonbladet, February 29, 2012)
 

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It feels so good (and unreal) that Refused are NOT fucking dead anymore! Thanks for bringing back the noise again! 

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 > February 22 - 2012

REFUSED announces bass player for the reunion tour 

We went through 13 different bassplayers* in 7 years as band. This positively Spinal Tap-ish figure was due partly to us being difficult to be around, but the actual root cause was that we never managed to restock the Hamer-silhouetted chasm left by the magnificent Magnus Flagge (then Björklund).

Flagge joined the band in the fall of 1992, solidifying a pretty wobbly little hardcore band with his rythmic stability and firm grasp of time. His playing was crucial to our musical direction in the early years. He eventually left us in the summer of 1995 to focus on his own band Cobolt and during the last three years we enlisted assorted scenesters to try and compensate the lack, but we never came close. Sympathetic to our plight he rejoined us in the studio for both the “Songs to fan the flames of discontent” and “The shape of punk to come”-sessions (1995 and 1997 respectively), adding body to both records and giving them the steady footing that is the seal of the gifted bassplayer.

When putting the band back together there was never any discussion of who we wanted on bass. Magnus has a steady job and a family now so there was uncertainty whether he could find the time, so we were elated and relieved when he accepted. It’s a singular job, but in our minds it is, and always was, his.

* Besides Magnus there was (in order of appearance):
Jonas Lidgren
Henrik Jansson
Kristofer Steen
Jesper Sundberg
Anders Johansson
Jon F Brännström
Magnus Höggren
Jonas Babyface Eriksson
Håkan-Håkan Strandhag
Inge Johansson
Andreas Nilsson
and last but not least, Ulf Nybérg

/ Refused

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 > January 10 - 2012

Beaking news: REFUSED ARE BACK! 

The official statement: We had a band once, in Umeå. We would pile in a van, like every other punkband, 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 punkbands, it never occured 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.

/ Refused 

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