Refused return to the UK for the first time in three years with a show in London.
The legendary Swedish hardcore punk band play Electric Ballroom in Camden on 2 December 2015 with support from American alt-rock veterans Failure.
The show, part of a short European trek, ends six months of touring in support of ‘Freedom’, their first album since 1998’s seminal ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’.
After Refused split in 1999, frontman Dennis Lyxzen, drummer David Sandstrom, guitarist Kristofer Steen, and bassist Magnus Flagge started anew in a host of different bands.
All the while, “Refused was this weird albatross,” says Lyxzen. “I could play a great show and walk out into the crowd afterward, and someone would come up and say: ‘I love Refused.’ For a long time, playing together again wasn’t even on the table.”
An offer to reunite for the 2012 Coachella Festival in California, spurred the band back into action, and the tour that followed found Refused playing around the world.
Initially reluctant, Lyxzen says “I thought it’d be Coachella and nine more shows. That’d be it. Then we started practicing, and we wound up doing 82 shows. Now we’re back with a new record, so it must have felt right.”
Since the release of ‘Freedom’ in June, the band have been out on the road, playing impromptu record shop in-stores, festival main stages, floor shows and, in support of Faith No More, a night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Now they’re heading back to London.
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