Refused Release Second Single “Françafrique”
The iconic and genre-defining hardcore punk band Refused let us all know they weren’t in fact dead with a string of reunion shows in 2012, and in 2015 we’re witnessing what the band famously said would never happen – their first album since the release of their seminal 1998 effort, The Shape Of Punk To Come. Landing June 26, Freedom sees Refused charging into the 21st century and continuing to push the boundaries of modern heavy music, and following the release of the explosive first single “Elektra”, the four-piece have hit us with “Françafrique”.
“You know, to create new Refused music, it was not on my list of things to do … Things happen, other things fall into place, and then all of sudden you’re in LA recording a Refused record and you’re like, ‘Wait, how did this happen?’ Because two years ago it was, ‘This is never gonna happen.’ But now it seems it was the right thing to do,” frontman Dennis Lyxzén told Rolling Stone Australia. “People have these expectations and beliefs that they pin on us. There are some fans who have lived with The Shape Of Punk To Come for their entire lives and have decided that’s all we are. But now it’s time for us to decide what we want our legacy to be. And this album is a good start-over, so to speak.”
Check out the lyric video for “Françafrique” below and keep your eyes peeled for the July 2nd edition of BLUNT to read our interview with Lyxzén about the album Refused never thought they’d make.
Freedom is out June 26 through Epitaph/Warner.
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