Refused: Dennis Lyxzén & David Sandström.
Karl and Jens
met in 1975 when they lived in the same building in Umeå. Karl started
his first punk band The Boredom Brothers in a squat in 1982. Jens moved
to Vännäs and met Dennis and they started their first punk band
Afro Jetz in 1987. That band became Step Forward. Jens joined Karl's band
in 1990 when they and Dennis were squatting an old cinema. That became
The Vectors. Dennis, Jens and Karl also played gigs at that cinema in a
one-off band called Stepping Cretins.
David had a
metal band called Pain. Karl lived next door to David, then Jens and Karl
started a punk club called Raw Power where they also stayed. Dennis took
over Karl's bedsitter and started hanging out with David. Step Forward
split up at Raw Power in 1991. Dennis and David started their band Refused
in 1992. Christoffer started hardcore band D.S.-13 in 1996. Jens joined
David's and Dennis' other band Final Exit for a tour in 1997. Refused split
up in 1998.
records by both The Vectors and D.S.-13. Christoffer ran a label called
Busted Heads. He released Dennis' new band The (International) Noise Conspiracy's
first EP in 1998. Then Christoffer joined Jens' other band E.T.A., but
they split up in 2002. Busted Heads released The Vectors' second LP and
Jens' other band Regulations' first EP in 2003. Dennis and David also played
on each other's solo records.
his label Ny Våg to release Regulations' debut album in 2005. He
also produced that record. Dennis, Jens and David reunited Final Exit for
a gig in 2007. Jens and David performed together in Volio.
David and Dennis started AC4 in April 2008 and did their first gig in yet
another squat on May 5. Ny Våg released their first album in September
2009. That line-up toured Europe and Australia, but did their last gig
with David in Melbourne in April 2011.
David reunited Refused for a world tour in 2012. Christoffer joined AC4
in April and D.S.-13 reunited to play at Dennis' birthday party in June
the same year.
AC4's new album
will be out on Ny Våg in March 2013. It features Dennis on vocals,
Karl on guitar, Christoffer on bass and Jens on drums. Guest backing vocals
by (you guessed it) David.
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