As we reported on LTW! 2 weeks ago Swedish hardcore legends Refused have reformed for the 2012 Coachella Festival”¦

The band who split in 1998, just after they released their much praised studio album ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’, but have now announced that they are back together and will be performing shows over the spring and summer.

The band explained in a lengthy statement that they “didn’t do ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’ justice when it was first released”.

They added “It’s been a motley 14 years since our band came apart. We’ve all kept busy in our respective endeavors but we’ve all remained friends and kept in touch. There have been offers, and lots of jokes about these offers. A reunion has just seemed irrelevant to us. All four of us were suddenly making new music in assorted constellations. As all this was brewing, Coachella got in touch. There were a couple of phone-calls, lots of skepticism, some hesitant enthusiasm before one of us basically said: ‘This is ridiculous. There are friends of ours who would murder close relatives just to go see bands there. Let’s just do it, one last time’. And with that, socialist fag-loving pc scumbags were on the road again.”
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 want to do it over, do it right.’

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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