FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Spinefarm Records): October 18th, 2019
'War Music,' the fifth studio album from Swedish punk/hardcore icons REFUSED is out today (10/18).
'War Music' is not an indulgent record by any measure. The creativity and pure craft that this band is capable of has been put to use boiling the material down to its vital ingredients. While many of their genre-peers are evolving in accordance with their progressive and/or art-rock forebears, REFUSED have delivered the most concise and lethal submission to their oeuvre so far.
They really are songsmiths of the highest order, working in a genre not cluttered with them. In a parallel universe where Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were teenage metalheads, this is what the Pet Shop Boys would have sounded like. Everything that made the band’s music so arresting in the past is on display here, but those strengths, those powers, are utilized solely in service of the songs. Every track packs concussion-inducing punches in its riffs and arrangements, plus devastating one-liner vocal hooks. The bands "knack for drama" and "ability to roar with sudden, utter ferocity" (to quote one reviewer) has been brought into focus. But like with all truly great punk records it's a miniature drama. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it chamber piece that, while it will start circle pits enough to power a small town in the coming years, also rewards a closer read.
"We've been trying to make this record since we started", REFUSED says, "and it feels like we finally cracked the code".
'War Music' is available here: https://refused.lnk.to/WarMusic
REFUSED will be touring throughout the UK and Europe beginning in October and in the US and Canada starting in February 2020. Tickets are on sale and all information is below.
REFUSED tour dates: 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 Freiheit, Hamburg (DE)* 07.11.19 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels (BE)* 08.11.19 – Elysee Montmare, 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 – Circus, Helsinki (FI) 21.02.20 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC (US) ** 22.02.20 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY (US) ** 24.02.20 – MTELUS, Montreal, QC (CAN) ** 25.02.20 – Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto, ON (CAN) ** 26.02.20 – Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI (US) ** 27.02.20 – St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI (US) ** 28.02.20 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI (US) ** 29.02.20 – Fine Line Music Café, Minneapolis, MN (US) ** 03.03.20 – Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR (US) *** 04.03.20 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC (CAN) *** 05.03.20 – Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA (US) *** 07.03.20 – The UC Theatre, Berkeley, CA (US) *** 08.03.20 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA (US)*** 09.03.20 – 1720, Los Angeles, CA (US)*** * With THRICE ** With YOUTH CODE *** With YOUTH CODE and METZ
Tickets available at https://www.officialrefused.com/live
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