Dennis Lyxzén On Refused's Future: "Never Say Never"
... While Refused
's reunion came to an end late last year, band vocalist Dennis Lyxzén isn't ready to fully close the door on the outfit. When asked by Rollingstone.com earlier this month if there was still a future for the outfit, he replied: "That I don't know. We said in the summer when we played our last show, that was the last show. The other guys are busy. I'm doing this INVSN project and AC4. Everyone is just busy with life. That being said, never say never. We had a great year. When we broke up in 1998, I wrote anger manifestos and we didn't talk to each other for years, but [now] we stay in touch. We talk every week. We'll see what the future brings. Right now, there are no plans in the pipeline." An announcement was made earlier today that Lyxzén's INVSN have signed with Razor & Tie. Dennis Lyxzén On Refused
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Refused Frontman Dennis Lyxzén Forms INVSN, Shares New Song
... After touring the world with his semi-recent Refused
reunion and issuing a new hardcore record with AC4, Swedish music hero Dennis Lyxzén has formed a new alt-rock group called INVSN. The group, which is rounded out by Andre Sandström (DS-13), Sara Almgren (The International Noise Conspiracy), Richard Österman and Anders Stenberg (Lykke Li, Deportees), are currently completing the final touches on their debut album. The record's being mixed by Nick Launay (Arcade Fire) and Jacob Hansen (Volbeat). They've also signed with Razor & Tie. In a press release, Head of A & R Pete Giberga said, "We are so excited to have INVSN as a part of our growing Razor & Tie family. They are a young band of seasoned and influential artists, led by Dennis Lyxzen, who has had such an extraordinary impact on rock music for the last several years." INVSN's debut album is expected this fall. In the meantime, you can stream lead single "Down in the Shadows" below or, in exchange for an email address, download it here. Refused
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Q&A; With Refused's Dennis Lyxzen: Reunion Success Was 'A Bit Trippy'
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's Dennis Lyxzen: Reunion Success Was 'A Bit Trippy' The intense, roaring crowds that greeted last year's reunion tour of the Swedish hardcore act Refused
were a welcome shock to singer Dennis Lyxzén. Last playing the States in 1998 to half-empty basements and coffeehouses, they broke apart mid-tour in anger and dismay. Fourteen years later, they found themselves at Coachella to begin a long series of sold-out concert dates. "That is a bit trippy," Lyxzén tells Rolling Stone. "It is not something we expected when we were crying and fighting after that last show." With Refused
again on indefinite (if far less angry) hiatus, Lyxzén isn't yet ready to slow down. Last month, his straight-ahead hardcore act AC4 released Burn the World, and he's also just finished recording an album of driving postpunk tunes with INVSN (a.k.a. Invasionen), with hopes for a late-summer release and tour. Among the 10 tracks from the still untitled album is a song called "Down in the Shadows," a breathless duet with Sara Almgren, with the lyrics: "They're never going to give you praise when you come crawling on your knees." Refused
Reunion Coming to an End Like Refused
, Lyxzén's other bands come from the northern Swedish town of Umeå, and he's known most of his bandmates since he was an adolescent punk in a Mohawk and Doc Martens, when his music and politics first became intertwined. (His equally leftist [International] Noise Conspiracy is currently inactive.) On the phone from an AC4 tour stop in Münster, Germany, Lyxzén spoke with Rolling Stone about his many projects, his life-changing discovery of punk, and the past and unknown future of Refused
. The music you play with AC4 is exactly the kind of hardcore that got you started, right? Yeah, totally. ... [ read more ]
Refused (1991-1998, 2012)
Dennis Lyxzén (vocals)
David Sandstorms (drums)
Kristofer Steen (bass, guitar)
Jon Brännström (bass, guitar, vocals)
Magnus Flagge (bass, cello)
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The title of Refused's seminal 1998 album The Shape of Punk to Come is a play on the title of Ornette Coleman's 1959 fusion jazz album The Shape of Jazz to Come. The title for the Refused song "Refused Are F--kin' Dead" is also a play on an already existing song, Born Against's "Born Against Are F--kin' Dead."
Metal magazine Kerrang! placed Refused's The Shape of Punk to Come at #13 on their list of the 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time in 2003.
The breakdown in Refused's song "New Noise" samples Col. Kurtz's monologue from the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola movie Apocalypse Now
. Another Refused song that features a sample is "Deadly Rhythm," which borrowed parts from Bo Diddley's 1959 song "I'm A Man
When playing live, The Used
often incorporates a section of Refused's "New Noise" into their song "Maybe Memories." A live version of the track can be found on The Used's 2007 live disc Berth
which was recorded in Vancouver, BC Canada.
Refused broke up in 1998 over creative and emotional differences. The band called their final US tour "an awful experience" and decided to cancel several dates due to exhaustion. Refused's last show before splitting up was at a friend's house in Harrisonburg, Virginia, but the gig was shut down by police.
After Refused broke up in 1998, lead singer Dennis Lyxzén started a new band called The (International) Noise Conspiracy. Some of that bands first shows were in illegal bars and clubs in China, where police waited outside with guns and nightsticks to arrest people leaving the venues.
Refused guitarist Kristofer Steen is also a film director. He directed the 2006 documentary Refused Are F--king Dead, which chronicled the band's downfall and eventual demise in 1998. Steen says that two of his biggest film influences are documentary director Errol Morris and visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick.
Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén is a vegan. Lyxzén says his family was poor growing up so he ate whatever he was given. He decided to become a vegan before he could appreciate it and says "I don't take food for granted. I like the challenge of being a vegan."
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