Refused Unleash Dynamic Track ‘Françafrique’
It's been a month since Swedish hardcore heroes Refused released their first new song in 17 years, "Elektra." Now, we've got another new Refused track, "Françafrique," and it's a little different from what you might expect.
After going out in a blaze of glory with the iconic genre-bending masterwork The Shape of Punk to Come in 1998, Refused shocked fans by returning to the stage in 2012. After a ton of shows performed all over the world, Refused took the reunion one step further this year with the announcement of the band's fourth full-length album, Freedom.
"Elektra" is a straight-up banger, while "Françafrique" delves into more of a tripped-out, funky pop realm. "Françafrique" begins with a choir of children chanting, "Exterminate the brutes / Exterminate all the brutes" before a warped mechanical voice goes into barbershop territory while repeating the word "Murder."
Make no mistake, the new cut feels very much like a Refused track, but much like the band's past works, Refused strive to remain several steps ahead of their hardcore brethren.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén spoke about the decision to create a new album. "When we got back together in 2012, I was very confident that that was gonna be it," Lyxzén says. "'We're gonna do 10 shows,' you know? But then we wound up doing 82, and somewhere down the line we ended up talking about creating new music together. But before that it was pretty unthinkable that this would ever happen. But I think that was partly a matter of history, and sort of the legacy of what Refused was. A lot of people think, 'Oh, those guys, their last record was The Shape of Punk to Come, they can never f--- with that.' So it's very unexpected to people that we decided to actually f--- with that."
Refused's Freedom is set for a June 30 release through Epitaph Records. Fans who pre-order Freedom can grab a limited edition exclusive CD package that includes a 28-page hardbound book, exclusive artwork with gold foil stamping and a double-sided poster.
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