This is just amazing news, Refused, umeå (Sweden) based hardcore act just went out officially that they will do a reunion show in April at the Coachella Festival in Usa. The band split up back in 1998 but are now back!
There are also rumors that the band will play Monster Bash Festival in Germany, Roskilde Festival in Denmark and Peace and love Festival in Sweden, but as of yet only the Coachella Festival is official.
Update: It’s now also official that Refused will play Way Out West Festival in Sweden in August.
I really hope that the band will do some gigs in Sweden so i can see them again, i saw them a few times in 1994-1998 and the gig i saw at Hultsfredsfestivalen 1998 is one of the most intense shows i have seen, i was covered in dust and had my mouth full of sand from the moshpit and the band was on fire that night. I cant help but wonder if Refused 2012 will be as good?
The band left the following pressrelease on their official homepage
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