Apparently, we are entering a period of healing and reconciliation for the warriors of late-’90s hardcore. American Nightmare and At The Drive-In are already back together, with the latter band, who announced their reunion just yesterday, already on the Coachella lineup. And now another stone-legend band will join ATDI at Coachella: the Swedish band Refused, who broke up in 1998 and whose final album The Shape Of Punk To Come is a total five-star classic.
In a statement on their website, Refused confirm that they’re playing Coachella, as well as the Swedish festival Way Out West, which comes to Gothenburg 8/9-11. (Bon Iver are Way Out West’s only other announced band at the moment.) Hopefully, some more dates are on the way. In that statement, the members of the band say that they’ve remained friends with one another since their breakup, and that they’ve mostly joked about all the reunion offers they’ve received in the years since. They also talk a bit about why they decided to get back together right now.
We never did The Shape Of Punk To Come justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there’s this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who’ve kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes.
We feel that you deserve it and we hope the feeling is mutual.
Now let’s all pray for that Born Against reunion that’ll never come. Or Avail. Avail would be good too.