Putting lead singer Dennis Lyxzén’s famous stage presence front and center, today Refused have released their new single “REV001”. In the music video, directed by the band’s own Kristofer Steen, Lyxzén dances his way towards revolution, battling neo-facists in a bright cabaret of clarity and full of panache. “REV001” follows “Blood Red” from the upcoming album War Music which will be released globally via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy on Oct. 18. The album is now available for preorder here.
The song’s mix of power, message and outright danceability perfectly showcase Refused’s talent for enlisting us all in the revolutionary cause, one spin at a time. Featuring Swedish singer/songwriter Mariam The Believer as guest vocalist, “REV001” is a catchy call to arms that promises to get the world moving in 2019. Everything “REV001” can be found here.
“45 revolutions playing on the stereo. Not one revolution on the street” – Blitz
“In 1914 when the blinkered Kaiser kicked off that shitshow WWI the subjects of the Austro Hungarian empire had no idea that the empire had effectively put a gun to its own head. The whole thing was gone in a couple of years. These things happen. ‘Empires rise and empires fall.’ Lots of blinkered Kaisers out there right now, eating their own, their right hands stealing from their left hands, the majority slaving away to make ends meet, infected with the venom of lack, the venom of need, excluded from social insurance, pitted against each other by ignorant ruthless infanticidal curb crawler tyrants, while an apathetic minority bathes in the eternal sunshine of a tilting climate, a doomsday clock wound up by the predatory capitalist insanity of this the most dysfunctional mammal, man.
REV001 is a protest song. A punkrock song. We like to think of it as incredibly violent pop music. Whatever you call it, we’re hoping it’ll get your blood boiling and that it’ll make you wanna dance (like it does our fearless captain @dennislyxzen in the video), ‘cause what else can one do in these desperate times? Well, we at the bottom could arm ourselves and go for those at the top, while smashing a few banks on the way? We’ll get there. Like we said, these things happen all the time. For now, we’ll leave you with these words, from author Ursula K Leguin:
‘We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable–but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.’
REV001 is blessed with the limitless talent of the inimitable Mariam The Believer @mariam_repeatuntildeath and the video was directed by our very own Kristofer Steen (Shot by Adam Nilsson and cut by Johan Söderberg).
WAR MUSIC is out October 18. Stay tuned and see you in the pit.”
In this spirit, Refused will be touring throughout the UK and Europe beginning in October. Tickets are on sale and all information is below.
26.10.19 – Academy, Birmingham (UK)*
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)*
03.11.19 – Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)*
04.11.19 – Carlswerk, Cologne (DE)*
05.11.19 – Grosse Freheit, Hamburg (DE)*
07.11.19 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels (BE)*
08.11.19 – Elysee Montmatre, Paris (FR)*
10.11.19 – Alcatraz, Milan (IT)*
11.11.19 – Tonhalle, Munich (DE)*
12.11.19 – Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin (DE)*
11.12.19 – Vega, Copenhagen (DK)
12.12.19 – Mejeriet, Lund (SE)
13.12.19 – Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)
14.12.19 – Berns, Stockholm (SE)
15.12.19 – Vulkan, Oslo (NO)
17.12.19 – Circis, Helsinki (FI)
* With THRICE
Tickets available at OFFICIALREFUSED.COM
More worldwide dates will be announced shortly.
Formed in Umeå, Sweden in 1991, hardcore-punk legends Refused are one of the most influential rock bands of the early ‘00s. Artists as diverse as Linkin Park, Frank Turner, Steve Aoki, Duff McKagan and Paramore have been heavily cited crediting the 1998 album The Shape Of Punk To Come as being a fundamental influence on their musical styles. That album has become a cultural touchstone for the entire post-hardcore generation as the origination of stylistic genre-bending – including electronics, jazz and slick production for the first time – tent-poled by politically progressive lyrical intent and further strengthened through use of album artwork and energetic live shows to spread their message.
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”.
Out Oct. 18, War Music will be their fifth full-length studio album and will be accompanied by a Worldwide concert tour, which began in May 2019 with a US tour with The Hives and three major European music festivals in June.