Preview: Refused @ Concorde 2, 25/03/16

It took 17 years to follow up the genre-shredding anti-establishment masterpiece that was ‘The Shape of Punk to Come’, but midway through 2015, Refused released ‘Freedom’ to the world in a blistering reminder of what dynamic and creative rock music should sound like.

Evidently weary of falling into the pigeonhole-pop rock that they lavished criticism on earlier in their career, ‘Freedom’ dances between timescales and genres alike, marrying together electro synthesisers with thrashing guitar melodies alongside chanted mantras and vocals filled with guttural rage. They’re back, they’re still angry, and, as on ‘Elektra’, “nothing’s changed”.

Except, of course, that it’s been nearly 20 years since they last extensively toured the UK and Europe. The band have seen fit to change that fact though, and so embark on a Europe-wide tour from the end of February, beginning in their homeland, Sweden, before hitting the UK in March.

Their lengthy absence allows the band the unique opportunity to catch up with their public in an environment more intimate than they are perhaps accustomed to, with smaller venues the standard affair on this new tour. The sight of these avant-punk pioneers tearing up a club venue near you may never come around again, but is sure to live long in the memory of all those in attendance.

Refused tour the UK in March 2016:

Mar 22 | Garage, Glasgow, UK

Mar 23 | Academy, Manchester, UK

Mar 24 | Stylus, Leeds, UK

Mar 25 | Concorde2, Brighton, UK

Mar 26 | Library, Birmingham, UK

Find tickets at officialrefused.com.

The Verse Staff

Next Post

FILM REVIEW: The Hateful Eight in 70mm

Sun Jan 24 , 2016
Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company As a short introduction assures us that the lights being left on for 5 minutes of the screening is deliberate as “Tarantino wanted it that way” it is clear that The Hateful Eight with the tagline “The 8th film by Quentin Tarantino” is truly a […]

Editorial Team

Editor In Chief

Charley Gale
contactverse@gmail.com

News Editor

Benjamin George
versenews@gmail.com

Entertainment Editor

Caitlin Quigley
verseentertain@gmail.com

Arts Editor

Ramsha Khan
versethearts@gmail.com

Sports Editor

Gerald O’Brien
versesports@gmail.com

Student Voice Editor

Liberty Gatcombe
verstudentvoice@gmail.com

Creative Editor

Alice Pierre
versecreate@gmail.com

Social Media Managers

Meg Compton & Lottie Bulmer
versecommunicate@gmail.com

 

About us

The Verse is run by students, for students. If you’re studying at University of Brighton and you’d like to get involved by writing for us or becoming a sub-editor, we welcome you to contact us via email.

The Verse is funded and supported by Brighton Students’ Union.

The views expressed on The Verse online newspaper do not necessarily represent the views of Brighton Students’ Union, its management or employees. For more information or for any enquiries, please contact the Marketing and Communications Team at bsucommunications@brighton.ac.uk