Refused premieres new song 'Françafrique'

on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:32
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In the 17 years since Swedish punks Refused split up, the underground band's following has grown in a way they never would have anticipated. This is evident from their triumphant reformation at Coachella in 2012 and traces of their seminal album "The Shape Of Punk To Come" lurking within much of modern punk music. And let's not forget their militant stance on veganism, which lives on within the dietary requirements of Beyoncé and Lil B. Big fans of the Scandinavian post-hardcore scene, apparently.

It makes sense, then, to return with a full album. In "Freedom", out on 30 June, the youthful exuberance of "full-on anarchist jargon" is gone, and in its place are songs inspired by time spent "talking about politics, existential issues and what we wanted to present as a band in 2015", says vocalist Dennis Lyxzén. "We talked about the political situation in Europe, capitalism and how it affects people."

Drawing from that pool of political conversation comes new song "Françafrique" - drawing, presumably, from France's relationship with its former African colonies.

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