I have very few bands left on my bucketlist but Refused is one of them so to say I’m excited for them to take over the Fine Line on Saturday, February 29th would be a complete understatement.
Formed in Umeå, Sweden in 1991, hardcore-punk legends Refused are one of the most influential rock bands of the early ‘00s. Artists as diverse as Linkin Park, Frank Turner, Steve Aoki, Duff McKagan and Paramore have been heavily cited crediting the 1998 album The Shape Of Punk To Come as being a fundamental influence on their musical styles. That album has become a cultural touchstone for the entire post-hardcore generation as the origination of stylistic genre-bending – including electronics, jazz and slick production for the first time – tent-poled by politically progressive lyrical intent and further strengthened through use of album artwork and energetic live shows to spread their message.
After a 14-year pause, the band reunited in 2012 playing much anticipated shows like mainstream festival Cochella and were subsequently awarded the “Special Prize for Music Exports” by the Swedish Ministry of Trade in 2013. In 2015, they released their fourth studio album Freedom which was recorded with Nick Launay (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Killing Joke), while also turning to Swedish pop/producer Shellback –whose credits include Taylor Swift and Britney Spears –for the lead single “Elektra”. Out October 18, 2019, War Music will be their fifth full-length studio album.
Youth Code will be joining Refused. Los Angeles Duo Youth Code are raw, punishing, industrious electronics built from the seeds of hardcore and early Wax Trax. Ryan William George and Sara Taylor blend chaos with catchy dance undertones to create a sonic fury paralleled to none. Formed in 2012, Using all hardware to perform, Youth Code have already proven their path with being the first band outside of Psychic TV to be put out by PTV’s own label Angry Love Productions as well as a full length LP on the flawless Dais Records roster.
Political hardcore / metal / punk and from Chicago Racetraitor will also be joining in on the fun.
Tickets are still available HERE!
Remaining Tour Dates:
Feb. 26 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Feb. 27 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall
Feb. 28 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Feb. 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
Mar. 03 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Mar. 04 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Mar. 05 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Mar. 07 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre
Mar. 08 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Mar. 09 – Los Angeles, CA – 1720 Warehouse