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Refused Are Not Fucking Dead, Playing Coachella

Holyshitholyshitholyshit. As if the news of the At The Drive In reunion wasn't enough, Refused is back. The trailblazing hardcore band that called it quits in 1998 have reassembled and in a statement on their site, confirmed that they're playing Coachella as well as the Way Out West Festival in Sweden in August.

The band wrote:

"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."

They detail the catalyst for getting back together, saying:

"...Finally, after a decade and a half hiatus, Kristofer picked up the guitar again. Which made David want to play the drums again. Which in turn led to all four of us 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...Let's just do it, one last time." And with that, socialist fag-loving pc scumbags were on the road again..."

The band said they wanted to do it for themselves, for their fans and for the music itself, explaining that they never really did their revolutionary album, The Shape of Punk to Come, justice as they were "too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job...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."

I could go on.... no, really. We could do this all day.

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Refused is playing April 13 and 20 in Indio, California. No real word yet on whether or not more tour dates will be added or if they'll release another album in the near future.

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