Posted: 28 April, 2015
Refused refuse to remain silent after 17 years with new album release
(Photo from consequenceofsound.net)
Head-banging legends Refused are back after 17 years of neck resting.
The 90’s hardcore hero’s forth studio album Freedom will be released this coming June. But the boys have already released the first raging single ‘Elektra’ for y’all to break some back to.
And the boys reckon this is all just the beginning.
“It’s not a reunion anymore,” said frontman Dennis Lyxzén in a statement. “This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.”
It seems that ending on a high note wasn’t satisfactory for the band, with 1998’s The Shape Of Punk’s critical acclaim just spurring them on to aim for more.
“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,” said drummer David Sandström. “That actually provoked us.”
The boys worked with producer Shellback on the new release - whose repertoire includes collaborations with Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Lilly Allen, and Taylor Swift – and co-wrote both ‘Elektra’ and ‘366’ with him.
But Shellback’s background in pop doesn’t seem to squash the balls out of this bitty, more so adding a polish to the gritty, guitar-driven hard-rock Refused are so well known for.
The track burns hard with awesomely maddening polyrhythms, a disjointed instrumental explosiveness, and a depth to the overall sound production that really shows how 17 years of quiet maturing can just put the icing on the cake.
Get excited. Catch the clip below.
New Refused Single - "Elektra"
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