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refused muenster2019Skaters Palace, Münster, Germany
21st June 2019
Refused

REFUSED - Sweden’s Hardcore heroes turn Skaters Palace upside down! Probably the most influential and important Swedish Hardcore band REFUSED returns to Germany in 2019 for an exclusive headline show in the legendary Skaters Palace of Münster. The air will burn on 21 June 2019 and the ground will vibrate.

REFUSED was founded in 1991 in Umeå, Sweden, by singer Dennys Lyxzén and drummer David Sandström. Later, Kristopher Steen joined the band on the guitar and Magnus flag on the bass. After the self-titled debut EP is released in 1992, the first studio album, ‘This Just Might Be The Truth’, follows in 1994. The sound is rough and wild, combining Hardcore elements from bands like GORILLA BISCUITS with Metal and Alternative influences. From the beginning, the lyrics are politically and socially critical. In 1996, the follower ‘Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontents’, which brings the band a greater attention in the internationally well networked hardcore scene, was released. The album features a fanzine that describes their revolutionary political content. REFUSED are an antithesis to the unified music industry, which stifles creativity in their bud to optimize profit.

1998 followed with ‘The Shape of Punk to Come’ the album that makes REFUSED finally legend of the scene. Yet it looked quite different 20 years ago, when this classic appeared. Lack of commercial success and scathing reviews led to poorly attended concerts and a cancelled halfway through the shows US tour. The dissolution of a gig in a cellar in Virginia by the local police sealed for the time being the fate of the band around singer and eccentric Dennis Lyxzén. “REFUSED Are Fucking Dead” headlined the band itself and disappeared in the thicket. Ironically, however, this unglamorous end was the starting signal for the myth about the four angry men from Umeå, Sweden. Their mixture of Punk, Hardcore and Metal as well as the surprising elements of Jazz, Electro and Ambient made them almost post mortem a commercially successful phenomenon.

In 2012, the band reunited completely surprisingly and played festivals all over the world. Thus, the energy, which had accumulated in thirteen years abstinence, could fully unfold. Anyone who has seen the band live during this time can confirm how up-to-date the band’s themes and sound are. The first studio album in 17 years followed in 2015 with ‘Freedom’, in the first single, ‘Elektra’, Lyxzén prophetically declared “Nothing has changed, the time comes, there’s no escape”. REFUSED returned to Germany in 2019. At their concert in Skaters Palace Münster it will be on 21 June certainly no escape from the power of a band, which is far from having reached the end.

Additional Concert Info
Doors: 19:00
Start: 20:00
Tickets: are available from 22nd Feb 2019 for 36.85 euros plus charges (pre-sale) via EVENTIM
Info: https://www.skaters-palace.de/veranstaltungen/refused
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1655811164718149

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