Andrew Burgess writes: Following an announcement yesterday by Texas post-hardcore band, At The Drive-In, Swedish punk/hardcore legends Refused have confirmed on their website that they will reunite to play Coachella and Sweden's Way Out West festivals this year. This after a 14-year absence following 1998's bona fide classic album, The Shape Of Punk To Come. The band had this to say:
It's been a motley 14 years since our band came apart. We've all kept busy in our respective endeavors but we've all remained friends and kept in touch. There have been offers, and lots of jokes about these offers. We've sort of looked down from our high horses and made fun of people who've just wanted to share the psychopathic intensity that we would deliver on a nightly basis in our post-pubescent prime…
Coachella got in touch. There were a couple of phone-calls, lots of skepticism, some hesitant enthusiasm before one of us basically said: "– This is ridiculous. There are friends of ours who would murder close relatives just to go see bands there. Let's just do it, one last time."
The band has not yet announced further tour dates, but it would seem like a lot of work to reunite for two gigs, right? Probably best to start revisiting the old mosh-pit moves just in case.
Watch a video for New Noise from Refused's 1998 album, The Shape Of Punk To Come, below: