Music Pick: Refused – The Shape Of Punk To Come
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Look at that knob on your sound system. How high can the volume go? Put it there. My friends, it is TIME to turn up your speakers full blast and piss off your parents, that old lady who lives next door, and awaken all the spirits resting peacefully in the ground below over the last several centuries. Nothing less will do justice to some of the most badass music ever recorded.
Enough of this dance chillout I’ve been reviewing lately, let’s try something heavier. We’re going with something hardcore. I’m in the mood. With this Music Pick I’m gonna introduce you to some nostalgia from my teenage years, one of the most genius and carefully crafted bursts of dirty raw energy I’ve ever heard. Refused. The album liner notes showcase a brilliant quote I suggest you live your life by.
“If a band ever finds that it is not giving their best effort and playing at the edge of their abilities at all times, then they are not playing the kind of music that they should be playing.”
The theme here is Break The Rules. This album is a protest. No. This is a premeditated ATTACK. Not against the mainstream. It’s an attack against punk. Yes the conservative hardline traditions and strict guidelines of what punk music is allowed to be.
“We made this album (The Shape of Punk to Come ) wanting to challenge people’s preconceptions of what a Punk band could be and what it could play, because Punk is the most conservative musical form there is. Even in Hardcore, there are so many rules about what is and what is not acceptable, and that completely negates the whole spirit of the original idea.” Dennis Lyxzén, Refused
I will say it here right now: New Noise is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. I’m not going to even bother explaining its genius. Just play it LOUD, on repeat, study it, breathe it, and don’t stop until you start to realize how shallow your view of reality was before. Here’s a test for you: After you press play on New Noise, see if you can manage to stay still and not jump around wildly.
If you play guitar, New Noise has some tricky but fun riffs
I actually love this band because of one song. None of the other songs live up to New Noise, though I do love how they always create amazing dynamics, and that they are pushing genres together without it sounding forced (unlike that embarrassing late 90s rap metal craze). I never heard Jazz sensibilities fused with music this brutally heavy before, but I like it. I don’t agree with much of the politics here, but I don’t give a damn, I’m glad they care. The reason I’m reviewing this is because the band has finally gotten back together after 14 years and started touring again. This kind of teenage nostalgia can’t not be mentioned. I’m kinda hoping they record another album, but after 14 years apart, I’m very skeptical they can operate at this level again.
When you click the play button above, you ARE about to unleash some intense fury! Prepare yourself
New Noise Music Video – Perfect for Halloween coming up!