Refused’s First Album in 17 years ‘Freedom’ is out June 30 on Epitaph.
Refused has shared a second new song from their new album, Freedom.
Listen to “Françafrique” Now at The Guardian
Refused are fucking alive. And Freedom, the follow-up album to their 1998 seminal release, The Shape of Punk to Come, will be released on June 30 via Epitaph. Though Refused played reunion shows, including a Coachella appearance in 2012, no one predicted they would make a new record. But flash forward to 2015, and the band announced the release of Freedom with much surprise to longtime fans.
In a recent interview with front man Dennis Lyxzén, Rolling Stone declared that “‘Freedom’ is quite possibly the band’s most electrifying and propulsive record to date.” The full interview can be read at Rolling Stone.
Freedom was produced by Nick Launay (Gang Of Four, Public Image Ltd., Nick Cave, and Arcade Fire). “Elektra” and “366” were produced and co-written by fellow Swede and longtime Refused fan Shellback, who has scored eight No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with artists such as Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Kesha, and Backstreet Boys.
Refused began their US tour this weekend at the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas. The band plays tonight in Santa Ana, California followed by a string of club dates. Additionally Refused will tour with Faith No More this summer. Full tour dates are below. Pre-orders for Freedom, including a limited edition exclusive CD package that includes a 28 page hardbound book, exclusive artwork with gold foil stamping, and a double sided poster is available at refusedstore.com.
Released in 1998, The Shape of Punk to Come has become one of the most influential albums in decades, fusing punk, metal, hardcore, techno, jazz, emo, and hip-hop into a meld of intricate, politically charged punk that has graced ‘best of’ lists since its release. Refused’s most critically acclaimed album exploded on the scene with the jaw-dropping hardcore anthem “New Noise,” which helped change the game forever by influencing a range of genres to this day.
‘FREEDOM’ TRACK LIST:
2. Old Friends / New War
3. Dawkins Christ
5. Thought Is Blood
6. War On The Palaces
7. Destroy The Man
9. Servants Of Death
10. Useless Europeans
REFUSED SHOW DATES:
May 28 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
May 29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge (SOLD OUT)
May 30 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile (SOLD OUT)
May 31 Chicago, IL – Double Door (SOLD OUT)
Jun 01 Boston, MA – The Sinclair (SOLD OUT)
Jun 03 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Jun 04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)
Jun 05 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel (SOLD OUT)
Jun 20 Amnesia Rock Fest, Montebello, QC
Jun 27 Provinssi, Seinäjoki, Finland
Jul 02 Gdynia, Poland, Opener Festival
Jul 11 Rock im Ring Festival, Collalbo, Italy
Jul 16 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain
Jul 17 Slottsfjell, Tonsberg, Norway
Jul 18 Bukta Tromso Open Air Festival, Tromso, Norway
Jul 30 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
Jul 31 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
Aug 01 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center
Aug 02 Columbia, MA – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug 04 Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug 05 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug 07 Toronto, ON – Ricoh Coliseum
Aug 28 Leeds Festival, UK
Aug 29 Pure & Crafted Festival, Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Aug 30 Reading Festival, UK
May 25 – Jun 05 Refused US club tour
Jul 30 – Aug 7 with Faith No More
For more information on Refused, visit officialrefused.com.