By Hollister Dixon
We all have that friend who says they’re going to leave, but then always finds a reason to come back. I’ll freely admit that I’m that friend, a lot of the time. As it turns out, it’s not always a bad thing: sometimes, that friend is someone you didn’t want to leave in the first place, because what they add to the party is just too good to do without.
Refused, one of Sweden’s greatest exports and creators of the still-amazing The Shape of Punk to Come, appear to be that friend. They broke up in 1998 and wrote a letter stating, without hesitation, that “Refused Are Fucking Dead“, and that “we will never play together again and we will never try to glorify or celebrate what was.” Which is why, in 2012, it was an immensely satisfying surprise to learn that the band had reunited, and were going to go on a massive tour (which stopped by the Roseland that year), before breaking up again. So, it came as a surprise to learn that the band were reuniting again, and touring again, and are potentially working on a new album.
I caught the band’s 2012 Roseland performance, so I can tell you that it’s extremely worth your time to make sure you catch this tour. Portland gets an incredibly lucky shot here: they’ll be performing at the Doug Fir Lounge on May 29th with Vancouver, BC’s White Lung. Tickets for that date go on sale on April 3rd, and can be picked up right here.
After the jump, check out the still-amazing video for “New Noise” and their 2012 Hellfest performance (highly recommended), as well as all of the band’s upcoming dates.