Refused Find More Freedom With ‘Almost Done’ ‘Freedom’ Follow-Up
Refused are continuing to shape the future of their music to come. During a recent chat with Daniel P. Carter on the Someone Who Isn't Me podcast, singer Dennis Lyxzen offered an update on the band's next studio album and revealed that it feels a lot more true to the band than their previous effort, Freedom.
The singer says of the upcoming disc, “We have a new record that’s almost done — not quite. It’s been one of those, in typical Refused fashion, it’s just been going on for a long time and no one’s enjoying the process of making the record and it’s been kind of grueling. But we’re almost at the finishing line, which feels great. It feels like it’s gonna be a really fantastic record."
The vocalist says the group feels a lot less pressure this time around, having issued 2015's Freedom after a 17-year break following their landmark 1998 The Shape of Punk to Come album. "I think this is the record that people wanted us to do last time, but I think it’s good that we did Freedom last time, cause it kind of levels the playing field," said the singer. "It’s not like we’re gonna do The Shape of Punk to Come 2 - cause that’s not it. But I think that the people who love Shape will be like ‘Oh yeah, this makes a little bit more sense,’ because we just had to level the playing field a little bit for ourselves. Because Refused was an entity that did not belong to us for a very long time."
Speaking to the broader picture of the band's identity, Lyxzen adds, "I saw all this Refused stuff [while we were away] and I was like ‘that’s so crazy.’ Like that’s not me, it doesn’t belong to me. I think Freedom was just reclaiming the band and reclaiming these ideas. And now we’re just a bit more comfortable and a bit more relaxed and I think we know what type of band we are. And I think it’s gonna show on this new record, I think people are gonna listen to it and be like ‘Ohhh, alright. I get it.'”
While work continues toward their next album, the band has also started booking tour dates. They'll return to the road May 18 in Philadelphia, with their appearances at Sonic Temple and Punk Rock Bowling being the central highlights of the week-long stateside run. They'll follow that with a few European dates in June. See all their dates here and stay tuned for info on their new album as it becomes available.
Hear Refused's Dennis Lyxzen on the Someone Who Isn't Me Podcast
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