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"If a band
ever finds that it is not giving their best effort and playing at the edge
of their abilities at all times, then they are not playing the kind of
music that they should be playing."
- Patrick T. Daly, Oxford, UK
(taken from the liner notes of "The Shape of Punk
placed in the context of hardcore music, is what makes Refused so unique.
Complex rhythms, hardcore rage, political activism and a dose of experimental
sonic confusion all smashed together to create a seamless ball of energy.
And this shit
is STILL catchy! But this ain't no pop record. There are twelve songs on
"The Shape of Punk to Come", and not one dud. Refused have set themselves
apart by fuelling their collective creativity with the tension that is
inherent in the band environment. With five creative forces using the whole
to satisfy each of their own creative desires, there is potential for failure
here. Fortunately, there is enough unity in the vision to turn tension
Refused delves heavily into the political arena. Their Anarchist stance
becomes clear in "The Deadly Rhythm", when they ask, "Is it our duty to
die for governments and for gods? / Is it our privilege to slave for market
and industry? / Is it our right to follow laws set to scare and oppress?
/ Is it our gift to stay in line and will it take away the blame? / We
can no longer pay the price / We'll get organized / We will no longer believe
that working for you will set us free."
beyond the political arena and into the area of personal motivation, they
attempt to light a fire under your ass in "Summer Holidays vs. Punk Routine"
by saying, "We're all tired of dying / So sick of not trying / Scared that
we might fail / We'll accomplish nothing / Not even failure."
On this, their
third full-length, Refused have created a real winner. "The Shape of Punk
to Come" is the next messiah of punk! Watch for Refused to come to the
US to destroy your town!