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Dennis Lyxzén On New Refused Album: “I Think This Is The Record That People Wanted Us To Do Last Time”


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Refused, etc. vocalist Dennis Lyxzén appeared recently on the ‘Someone Who Isn’t Me‘ podcast, which is hosted by Daniel P Carter of the BBC Radio 1‘s ‘Rock Show‘ and Krokodil fame. During the chat he spoke a bit about where the band are at with their fifth studio album, offering:

“We have a new record that’s almost done—not quite. It’s been one of those, in typical Refused fashion, it’s just been going on for a long time and no one’s enjoying the process of making the record and it’s been kind of grueling. But we’re almost at the finishing line, which feels great. It feels like it’s gonna be a really fantastic record.”

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He went on to say that the band are feeling a lot less pressured this time around as opposed to how they felt with their 2015 return, “Freedom“. In particular the lack of pressure comes from not having to directly follow-up their landmark 1998 album, “The Shape Of Punk To Come“.

Speaking further of where their minds have been while working on this forthcoming new album, he explained how it took him awhile to rediscover his role in the band and where it fits into his life now. After elaborating on how the group took notes from which songs worked best live on “Freedom“, he stated:

“I think this is the record that people wanted us to do last time. But I think it’s good that we did “Freedom” last time, cause it kind of levels the playing field… It’s not like we’re gonna do ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come 2’—’cause that’s not it. But I think that the people who love ‘Shape’ will be like ‘Oh yeah, this makes a little bit more sense,’ because we just had to level the playing field a little bit for ourselves. Because Refused was an entity that did not belong to us for a very long time.

I mean I was the guy—I was touring—and I saw all this Refused stuff and I was like ‘that’s so crazy.’ Like that’s not me, it doesn’t belong to me. I think “Freedom” was just reclaiming the band and reclaiming these ideas. And now we’re just a bit more comfortable and a bit more relaxed and I think we know what type of band we are. And I think it’s gonna show on this new record, I think people are gonna listen to it and be like ‘Ohhh, alright. I get it.'”

The topic of identity and what Refused meant to him during the band’s 16 year absence following their 1998 breakup and the process of rediscovering the outfit and learning to embrace his past comes up often in the chat, making for a revealing conversation. You can check out the full episode below, or find it on Acast and Apple Music.

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