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Refused is playing two sold out shows at Terminal 5 in April.

9 February 2012 9 Comments

By: Andrew Bilach

Good morning, everyone. Refused. New York City. Terminal 5. Two sold out shows in April. Yours truly, attending both.

Refused 2012 Band Photo

The almighty REFUSED

Their last record, The Shape of Punk to Come, released in 1998, is one of my favorite albums ever. When I think of Refused, and especially when I think of this record, I think of unadulterated innovation. I think of fearlessness. I think of passion. I don’t think of hardcore or punk, but rather the evolution of rock music.

The Shape of Punk to Come is an absolute masterpiece.

I have to admit, rarely, if ever, am I excited for a show these days. I mean excited excited. Fan excited. And it’s an awesome feeling.

Yes, the shows are sold out. But I implore all of you, if there’s any way you can get a ticket, get one.

Consider this a public service announcement.

Below is the track “New Noise” which appears on The Shape of Punk to Come.

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9 Comments »

  • Nolan said:

    Even if you want to view Refused through the eyes of the hardcore punk purist, you have to give them credit for creating a fresh landscape for this stagnant genre. I concur on the “masterpiece” comment. I will be at the Sunday show. \m/

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  • Pink Lady said:

    I am kind of in awe at the worldwide positive response that they’ve received for reforming. As a fan yourself did you think they’d do this kind of interest and business?

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  • Eds said:

    I’m going to flying to NYC for these shows with my girlfriend. It sucks it’s at T5 but I’ll take what I can get.

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  • Oscar said:

    I’ve never heard of Refused. How can this be?

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  • A. Estes said:

    As awesome as it is that they are doing some shows together and everything, I can’t help but feel as if this reunion has blown any mystique the band once had. From my point of view, they were the revolutionary band of the ’90s that completely imploded and left a big “F*** you!” to pop culture in their wake. I kinda liked it that way.

    “Rather be forgotten than remembered for giving in” is a line that comes to mind.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    A. Estes:
    As awesome as it is that they are doing some shows together and everything, I can’t help but feel as if this reunion has blown any mystique the band once had. From my point of view, they were the revolutionary band of the ’90s that completely imploded and left a big “F*** you!” to pop culture in their wake. I kinda liked it that way.

    “Rather be forgotten than remembered for giving in” is a line that comes to mind.

    I agree with everything you said. My opinion on the reunion is slightly skewed.

    At first, they announced an overseas show or two. At that point, not only did I agree with everything you said, but I felt it as well. Once those Terminal 5 shows were announced, everything changed. I never had the opportunity to see them live, and now is my chance. Maybe if I had already seen them live, I’d think a little differently.

    If you were in New York City, would you go to the show?

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  • A. Estes said:

    Yeah, I would definitely go. Like I said, it’s awesome that they’re doing this and that people who never saw them before now can. Even still, it kind of goes against their legacy. I guess my feelings contradict each other.

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  • 007 said:

    A. Estes:
    Yeah, I would definitely go. Like I said, it’s awesome that they’re doing this and that people who never saw them before now can. Even still, it kind of goes against their legacy. I guess my feelings contradict each other.

    My feelings contradict each other too. I’m ecstatic they’re doing these shows. I don’t think this will interfere with their legacy. If they made another CD that would be a different story.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    007,

    I second that last statement. If they put out a new CD, then I might take some umbrage.

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