Refused share new track ‘Blood Red’

It’s the first track from their forthcoming album ‘War Music’.

After announcing that their brand new record ‘War Music’ will be released later this year, Swedish punk pioneers Refused have now dropped the first track ‘Blood Red’.

Speaking on the song, the band say: “At a soundcheck somewhere on the road (Austin?), Kristofer started playing this riff and we all got into it (jamming, as it were). After a while we noticed that our crew had stopped working and that the people working at the venue were standing around watching us play. Now, people at venues usually hardly notice you, they’ve seen a thousand bands more famous than you fool around with their precious ditties as they’re re-stocking the bar or setting up barricades. So as we were settling into the riff proper and it started rolling and bouncing the way you’re hearing it today, whatever we felt had been missing, it was clear that we had begun to fill that gap. The riff turned into ‘Blood Red’, the first song we finished for the new record and the first song we played live off of it. It’s fitting that it’s now the first song you’re gonna hear from the new record because it was truly inspired by you, our live audience, the old and the new, who come out and help us turn every venue into a boiling hot mess. This one’s for you.”

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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