WAR MUSIC, the fifth studio album from Swedish punk/hardcore icons Refused is out today and available here.
They really are songsmiths of the highest order, working in a genre not cluttered with them. In a parallel universe where Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were teenage metalheads, this is what the Pet Shop Boys would have sounded like. Everything that made the band’s music so arresting in the past is on display here, but those strengths, those powers, are utilized solely in service of the songs. Every track packs concussion-inducing punches in its riffs and arrangements, plus devastating one-liner vocal hooks. The bands “knack for drama” and “ability to roar with sudden, utter ferocity” (to quote one reviewer) has been brought into focus. But like with all truly great punk records it’s a miniature drama. A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it chamber piece that, while it will start circle pits enough to power a small town in the coming years, also rewards a closer read.
“We’ve been trying to make this record since we started”, the band says, “and it feels like we finally cracked the code”.
Refused will be touring throughout the UK and Europe beginning next week. Tickets are on sale and all information is below.
27.10.19 – Barrowlands, Glasgow (UK)*
29.10.19 – Academy, Bristol (UK)*
30.10.19 – Brixton Academy, London (UK)*
31.10.19 – Academy, Manchester (UK)*
01.11.19 – Rock City, Nottingham (UK)*
* With THRICE
Tickets available at OFFICIALREFUSED.COM
After a 14-year pause, the band reunited in 2012 playing much anticipated shows like mainstream festival Coachella and were subsequently awarded the “Special Prize for Music Exports” by the Swedish Ministry of Trade in 2013. In 2015, they released their fourth studio album ‘Freedom’ which was recorded with Nick Launay (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Killing Joke), while also turning to Swedish pop/producer Shellback –whose credits include Taylor Swift and Britney Spears –for the lead single “Elektra”.
Refused is officially the sound and voice of much anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077’s “house band” SAMURAI!
Out today – ‘War Music’ is their fifth full-length studio album and will be accompanied by a worldwide concert tour.