Refused is streaming their anticipated new album, Freedom, which comes out June 29 on Epitaph, in its entirety online now. Freedom is the band’s first new album since their iconic 1998 album The Shape of Punk to Come. If Shape blasted apart the constraints of the punk and hardcore world, Freedom goes a step further by incorporating the wide-ranging influences that have shaped band members’ personal tastes. The impending release of Freedom has returned the band firmly to the present tense.
Freedom was produced by Nick Launay. “Elektra” and “366” were produced and co-written by fellow Swede and longtime Refused fan Shellback, who is the No. 1 producer on Billboard and the No. 1 songwriter as well.
Seventeen years ago Refused played their final show, in a basement in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The show was shut down by police in the middle of their final set and days later, the band published a manifesto online proclaiming: “Refused is fucking dead”. Thus the legacy of Refused was born. Word of mouth of the anti-capitalist, avant-punk band from Sweden that split up in their prime spread until global cult-status was a fact. This spring, in an unexpected turn, Refused announced the release of a new album. Everyone, including their most hardcore fans, was surprised.
Refused will tour in support of Freedom with Faith No More this summer.