That’s right folks. It was fun while it lasted, but the gentlemen in Refused have decided to call it quits again. I guess they just wanted one last taste of the punk rock lifestyle before returning to whatever adult life they live now. According to Pitchfork, the band’s final show will be in their homeland of Umeí¥, Sweden on December 15. Part of the announcement on their facebook page:
“And now it is coming to a close. It’s been kind to us. And that old punkrock golem ‘The shape of punk to come’ has done good. The hatchet is buried, 1998 is not such a terrible memory for us anymore. We’re going home. And we’re doing it in style.”
You can read the rest of the message here. Hopefully some of you got to see Refused this year. Looks like this may be the final goodbye… unless perhaps they decide to give it another go in 2025!
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THEN: It’s fairly common to see a film or a book gain more recognition once the lead actor or author is dead. It’s not as common to see the same thing happen when a musical act breaks up. In 1998, Swedish punk band Refused played their final show to a sparse crowd in a basement in Virginia. In an interview with DrownedInSound.com, guitarist Kristofer Steen remembers: “We were too dazed to feel any sadness at that point. What kept us going for as long as we did was a sense of loyalty to the group that was bordering on the suicidal. The band had been more important than any individual needs for a long time.” Refused had been struggling to stay afloat for quite some time, and this final tour was the nail in their proverbial coffin. Before that, of course, they had released several studio albums: This Just Might Be… the Truth in 1994, Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent in 1996 and The Shape of Punk to Come in 1998. Shape spawned the anthemic single “New Noise,” but thanks to the band’s breakup a few months after its release, the album was not truly recognized for its contribution to the genre.