Refused – “Freedom” album

Refused announce new album, Freedom, unleash “Elektra” — listen
The hardcore titans return with their first new record in 17 years

Refused recently announced an extensive summer tour, and now we know why: the hardcore titans will release a new album, their first since 1998’s earth-shattering The Shape of Punk to Come, on June 30th through Epitaph Records.

Entitled Freedom, the 10-track album was produced by Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Kate Bush, Nick Cave), with additional contributions from Shellback, a Swedish producer who’s written smash singles for the likes of Britney Spears and Taylor Swift.

In anticipation, Refused has let loose the album’s opening track, “Elektra”, which you can stream below.

“It’s not a reunion anymore,” explained frontman Dennis Lyxzén in a statement. “This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically.” Added drummer David Sandström, “Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up. Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.”

Freedom Artwork:

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Freedom Tracklist:
01. Elektra
02. Old Friends / New War
03. Dawkins Christ
04. Françafrique
05. Thought Is Blood
06. War on the Palaces
07. Destroy the Man
08. 366
09. Servants of Death
10. Useless Europeans

Refused 2015 Tour Dates:
05/02 – Meerhout, BE @ Groezrock
05/22 – Hünxe, DE @ Ruhrpott Rodeo Open Air Festival
05/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling Music Festival
05/25 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
05/26 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
05/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
05/29 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
05/30 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
05/31 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
06/01 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
06/03 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
06/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/05 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
06/20 – Montebello, QC @ Amnesia Rockfest
06/27 – Seinäjoki, FI @ Provinssirock
07/11 – Renon Bz, IT @ Rock im Ring Festival
07/16 – Viveiro, ES @ Resurrection Fest
07/17 – Tønsberg, NO @ Slottsfjell
07/18 – Tonsberg, NO @ Bukta Tromso Open Air Festival
07/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park *
07/21 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *
08/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann Center *
08/02 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *
08/04 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
08/05 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
08/07 – Toronto, ON @ Ricoh Coliseum *
08/28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/29 – Gräfenhainichen, DE @ Pure & Crafted Festival
08/30 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival

* = w/ Faith No More

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