Refused's Coachella Reunion: They Explain Why

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Believe it, punks: Refused's Coachella reunion is happening. The Swedish hardcore punk band were only together seven years (from 1991 to 1998), but released three full-length albums before calling it quits. Their album--cult favorite The Shape of Punk to Come--is considered one of the best punk albums ever. But even two years ago lead singer Dennis Lyxzén was telling Excite in an interview:

"To be in that band is one of those things that half the time I'm sympathetic and understanding towards why people would do it. The other half, it's just such a useless maneuver. It's a defeatist attitude but if your objective is to play music with your friends and have a good time, there's no harm in reuniting your band for a couple of shows. For us, there have always been so many other aspects of what we did, that it always felt like a complete no-no. You can't do that shit. Minor Threat never got back together. That's kind of our take on it. With some things, the legend is better than the actual thing."
And now? Here's the reasoning behind the reunion on their homepage.
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.

Check out the whole statement after the jump.
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Here's what's written on Refused's homepage:

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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19 comments
squirl
squirl

What is that Mike D talking about. That dumb*** dont know what he's talking about. they did there thing in the 90s. faggot. Refused will be the best till the end

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womens chain belts

  good read. I would say when giving advice to self pleasure to the bible you should recommend passages from Songs of Solomon. Some of that is pretty graphic.

Tacotanker
Tacotanker

This doesn't make any sense at all... why would Refused agree to play at a $300 festival that is sold out mere hours after tickets go on sale, seems like they've grown out of their anti-capitalist sentiments. In favor of cashing in on their long-time fans who have grown up and made money...

Michael Wolff
Michael Wolff

i hope they play real shows.  id rather cut my nuts off then go to a coachella again

Tskashi zz
Tskashi zz

コーチェラ逝きてーーー!!ww

Wreckermatt
Wreckermatt

That is a nice press statement but bands that reunite and don't do full tours don't care about the fans it's a cash grab. Otherwise they. Oils just play a show in Sweden and get the same feeling of "playing with friends again". I call bullshit on a band that always stood for calling bullshit!

Wes
Wes

I would battle to get to that show!!!!!!! Holy shit!!!!!!!

Ih8nj
Ih8nj

i would literally die to be there. this is equivalent to a beatles reunion

Mike D
Mike D

Refused is punk for hipsters who don't know anything about punk.

They're not even the best hardcore band from Sweden in the 80s.

http://youtu.be/x0Tr6N0nY_s

Cmlehane
Cmlehane

yeah fuck you, how dare you comment on this page, refused is up there with black flag in my book, and are they not punk in your mind asshole?

Tyler Trautman
Tyler Trautman

How about this Mike D... Refused wasn't the best hardcore band in the 80's BECAUSE they were formed in '91. And to bestow the word "best" on a band would usually give cause to say that said band is in the realm of "influential". Fear of War, sadly, did not hold a shred of the influence that Refused did. You're making accusations that people throw on a band that sold out. Refused broke up 14 years ago and didn't achieve any popularity until 5 years later. It was all word of mouth, the best tool a hardcore band can have in their belt. If Fear of War put out an record in '97, a time when the internet was laying the groundwork of modern music exchange, then I'm sure you'd be saying the same thing about them. And "Best Hardcore band from Sweden"....That's like saying..."The Best Hardcore band in Buffalo" or "The Best Hardcore band in Bozeman, MT".  You, my friend, sound like the hipster. 

Ayamine
Ayamine

band was most active during the 90s. the hell are you talking about fruit

Jose
Jose

you're an idiot

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