Newswire: Refused releases first new song in 17 years, announces new album

Perhaps it was inevitable that the massively influential Swedish hardcore band Refused would record a new album. In 2012 the band reunited for some shows, and though it played some festival dates here and there after that initial run, last fall Refused announced it had fired guitarist Jon Brännström a year prior. The firing of Brännström, coupled with a bevy of tour dates—some with Faith No More—lead many to believe that 17 years after it claimed itself to be “fucking dead,” it looks like Refused would rather be alive.

Today the band announced its follow-up to 1998’s The Shape Of Punk To Come, a genre classic that, ironically, never received a proper followup. The album is titled Freedom, and will be released on June 30 via Epitaph Records. Along with this announcement comes the band’s first new song, Freedom‘s opening track, “Elektra.” The song is …

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