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Refused release first new music in 17 years

refusedSwedish hardcore band Refused have returned for a second reunion, announcing the release of a brand new album,  Freedom.  The band are currently streaming the first single “Elektra” from the album, which is the first new music from the band in 17 years.

Refused were most popular during their original years as a band throughout the 90s, until they decided to call it quits in 1998 following the release of their third studio album,  The Shape of Punk to Come.  The band announced  a reunion tour  in 2012, but disbanded again shortly after. Now, with summer tour dates on the roster and a full-length album scheduled to release in June, it seems that Refused are  not, in fact, dead.

The fourth studio album  Freedom  will be released June 30th through Epitaph Records. The music was co-written with Shellback, a swedish pop producer who has also worked with Taylor Swift and Britney Spears, and was produced by Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

Drummer David Sandström told Pitchfork:

“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. That actually provoked us.”

Check out  the new song “Elektra” below along with the album details and upcoming tour dates!


Freedom Tracklist:  refused freedom

  1. Elektra
  2. Old Friends / New War
  3. Dawkins Christ
  4. Françafrique
  5. Thought Is Blood
  6. War on the Palaces
  7. Destroy the Man
  8. 366
  9. Servants of Death
  10. Useless Europeans


Summer Tour Dates:

5/2- Meerhout, Belgium – Groezrock
5/22- Hünxe, Germany – Ruhrpott Rodeo Open Air Festival
5/24- Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
5/25 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
5/26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
5/28 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
5/29 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
5/30 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
5/31 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
6/1 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
6/3 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
6/4 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/5 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
6/20 – Montebello, Quebec – Amnesia Rockfest
6/27 – Seinäjoki, Finland – Provinssi
7/2 – Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
7/11 – Collalbo, Italy – Rock am Ring
7/16 – Viveiro, Spain – Resurrection Fest
7/17 – Tønsberg, Norway – Slottsfjell
7/18 – Tromso, Norway – Bukta Tromso Open Air Festival
7/30 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park *
8/1 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center *
8/2 – Columbia, MA – Merriweather Post Pavilion *
8/4 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
8/5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden *
8/7 – Toronto, Ontario – Ricoh Coliseum *
8/28 – Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
8/29 – Gräfenhainichen, Germany – Pure & Crafted Festival
8/30 – Reading, England – Reading Festival

* with Faith No More

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