Swedish punk pioneers Refused have announced plans to release their new album ‘War Music’ later this year.
The band, who released their returning album ‘Freedom’ back in 2015, will follow it up on 18th October via Spinefarm Records / Search & Destroy.
The band will reveal the album’s first preview, in the form of new track ‘Blood Red’, on 2nd August.
They’ve also shared a mission statement of sorts, related to the track. Check it out below.
“In the present moment, we who believe in the equal distribution of wealth in an egalitarian, ecological direct democracy, we who use gender-neutral pronouns and words like solidarity, moral responsibility, intersectionality and class warfare, we who believe in the Marxist dictum, “from each according to ability, to each according to need” are on our back foot, on our backs, backed up against the wall, surrounded by enemies, our movement curtailed, our rights violated. It’s been clear for some time: the sun is setting on our beliefs.
But we still believe that capitalism is cancer
and we still believe it can be cured.
We still believe that the patriarchy is cancer
and we still believe it too can be cured.
We still believe in the power of art to transform and expand the mind.
And last but by no means least:
We still believe in the total violent obliteration of the one percent.Blood red until we’re fucking dead.
The band also have a hefty run of UK and European shows - check out those dates below.
26 Academy, Birmingham (UK)*
27 Barrowlands, Glasgow (UK)*
29 Academy, Bristol (UK)*
30 Brixton Academy, London (UK)*
31 Academy, Manchester (UK)*
01 Rock City, Nottingham (UK)*
03 Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)*
04 Carlswerk, Cologne (DE)*
05 Grosse Freheit, Hamburg (DE)*
07 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels (BE)*
08 Elysee Montmatre, Paris (FR)*
10 Alcatraz, Milan (IT)*
11 Tonhalle, Munich (DE)*
12 Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin (DE)*
11 Vega, Copenhagen (DK)
12 Mejeriet, Lund (SE)
13 Pustervik, Gothenburg (SE)
14 Berns, Stockholm (SE)
15 Vulkan, Oslo (NO)
17 Circis, Helsinki (FI)
* w/ Thrice
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