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the pulse. This is the sound.
the beat of the new generation.
Refused came together in the deep forests in the north of Sweden, sprung
from the group Step Forward. The summer of '93 they did their debut with
the mcd "This is the new deal" on Burning Heart Records. At the same time
the band signed for Startrec & Management and began to record their
first album. November '93 they stepped into Sunlight Studios together with
Thomas Skogberg. Out came a more metaloriented sound with roots in the
hardcore. Hardcore the way american straight edge bands like Youth of Today,
Ressurection and 108 did. February 1994 they released "Pump the Brakes"
cds. In March the same year they released their first album "This just
might be the truth". Which the media gave a lot of god reviews. But most
of the media circulated more around the Straight Edge thing than the music.
In April '94 they took off for a real Rock'n'roll tour, the Adrenaline-tour
which is a classic one today. The last week in July '94 Refused started
to record a new mini-cd at Sunlight Studios to be sure to get that metal/
HC-sound. And in the beginning of Septermber 1994 their first tour trough
Europe began. Together with the americans in 108 it was a promising and
memorable tour. It took them to Germany, Denmark, Czeckrepublic, Poland,
Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. In October they released "Everlasting",
a seventrack cd, on Startrec. Januari- 95 Refused were nominated for a
grammy. And "This just might be the truth" is released in Germany where
it sells over any expectations. The last days in April 1995 they released
a split with Randy where the bands make covers on each others songs. "Everlasting"
is released in Europe and they continue their touring. First a promotour
togehter with Earth Crisis and then a five week long tour together with
In December 1995 they entered the doors to Tonteknik Studio and in the
beginning of February "Songs to fan the flames of discontent" hit the Swedish
homes. Their second album was even better than the first, and with the
song "Rather be dead" they sweeped the feet of the people. During 1996
and 1997 they were touring trough the world. And later on they decided
to go back to Burning Heart Records. In 1997 they were nominated as one
of the best swedish live-acts by swedish national radio. They didn't win,
but if the kids would have had their full say... they would have won!
And we now know they are back to rock. Stronger than ever and with their
third album "The shape of punk to come" they're showing us what the punk
is supposed to be. They have spent months in the studio, Tonteknik, together
with Eskil Lövstrom, and out came the best record ever. No boasting!
They deliver revolutionary songs with intellectual beats that goes deep
and get their influence from many different sides. They are innovaters
and creators of the new noise and they refuse to stay at a stop. Together
with No Fun At All, Liberator and The Hives they spent a month out in Europe
on the Sued(e)palooza tour, in march '98, which went very well. Touring
is their middle name, February spent in Sweden, May in UK and Ireland,
playing at the Dynamofestival on the way home. June and July making some
festivalgigs in Scandinavia. Right now they're in the US making a seven
week long tour cross America. And soon "The Shape Of Punk To Come" is to
be released on Burning Heart America. So see through that you take your
chance to see them.
the new noise!