As revealed with yesterday’s Coachella 2012 lineup announcement, hardcore punk band Refused will be reuniting after 14 years. The band has also confirmed an appearance at the Way Out West Festival in their native Sweden.
In a statement posted on their website, the band explains that they’ve had numerous offers to reunite over the years, but “we’ve sort of looked down from our high horses and made fun of people who’ve just wanted to share the psychopathic intensity that we would deliver on a nightly basis in our post-pubescent prime. A reunion has just seemed irrelevant to us. Too much other shit to do.”
However, all four principal members recently found themselves “making new music in assorted constellations” around the time Coachella came calling. “There were a couple of phone-calls, lots of skepticism, some hesitant enthusiasm before one of us basically said: “ This is ridiculous. There are friends of ours who would murder close relatives just to go see bands there. Let’s just do it, one last time.” And with that, socialist fag-loving pc scumbags were on the road again.”
The band continues: “We never did “The shape of punk to come” justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there’s this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who’ve kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes.
“We feel that you deserve it and we hope the feeling is mutual,” they conclude.
According to an issued press release, additional tour dates will be announced soon. In the meantime, check out their current tour schedule below, along with their video for “New Noise” from their classic LP The Shape of Punk to Come.