Putting lead singer Dennis Lyxzén’s famous stage presence front and center, Refused have released their new single “REV001.”
In the music video, directed by the band’s own Kristofer Steen, Lyxzén dances his way towards revolution, battling neo-fascists in a bright cabaret of clarity and full of panache.
“REV001” appears on War Music, which will be released globally via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy on October 18.
The song’s mix of power, message and outright danceability perfectly showcase Refused’s talent for enlisting us all in the revolutionary cause — one spin at a time. Featuring Swedish singer/songwriter Mariam The Believer as guest vocalist, “REV001”is a catchy, call-to-arms that promises to get the world moving in 2019. Everything
“In 1914 when the blinkered Kaiser kicked off that shitshow WWI, the subjects of the Austro Hungarian empire had no idea that the empire had effectively put a gun to its own head. The whole thing was gone in a couple of years. These things happen. ‘Empires rise and empires fall.’ Lots of blinkered Kaisers out there right now, eating their own, their right hands stealing from their left hands, the majority slaving away to make ends meet, infected with the venom of lack, the venom of need, excluded from social insurance, pitted against each other by ignorant ruthless infanticidal curb crawler tyrants, while an apathetic minority bathes in the eternal sunshine of a tilting climate, a doomsday clock wound up by the predatory capitalist insanity of this the most dysfunctional mammal, man.
“‘REV001’ is a protest song. A punk rock song. We like to think of it as incredibly violent pop music. Whatever you call it, we’re hoping it’ll get your blood boiling and that it’ll make you wanna dance (like it does our fearless captain @dennislyxzen in the video), ‘cause what else can one do in these desperate times? Well, we at the bottom could arm ourselves and go for those at the top, while smashing a few banks on the way? We’ll get there. Like we said, these things happen all the time.”