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[INTERVIEW] Dennis Lyxzén from REFUSED talks new album 'War Music'

REFUSED are undeniably one of the most influential bands of our time.

Their groundbreaking album The Shape of Punk to Come set fire to the music world not long after they disbanded and built a rabid global following in the years they were away.

At the time...Refused were fucking dead!

2012 saw the bands triumphant return and finally gave fans the chance to see them live.

With a fire in their belly and a new album Freedom released in June 2015, all signs pointed towards Refused to be very much alive and ready to take on the world.

This week on October 18, Refused are set to release their much anticipated fifth album 'War Music', a loud, pissed off and extremely well written record that showcases a band firing on all cylinders and will no doubt be held in the same regard as The Shape of Punk to Come when fans reference their discography.

We caught up with Refused's charismatic frontman Dennis Lyxzén for The Faction and Everblack Podcast to talk about 'War Music', the message behind it, the video for Rev001 and dance offs, being a nerd and when we will see them back down in Australia!

Check it out HERE:

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, Rise Against, Steve Aoki, Paramore, Thursday, Dillinger Escape Plan, Blink-182, and AFI have been heavily cited crediting the release as being a fundamental influence on their musical styles. That album has become a cultural touchstone for the entire post-hardcore generation as the year zero of stylistic genre-bending - utilizing electronics, jazz and slick production for the first time – their reputation tent-poled by politically radical lyrics and solidified by their energetic live shows to spread their message.

After a 14-year pause, the band reunited in 2012 playing much anticipated shows like mainstream festival Cochella 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. 18th - ‘War Music’ will be their fifth full-length studio album and will be accompanied by a Worldwide concert tour.

Refused ‘War Music’ IS out October 18 through Caroline


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