Refused are streaming their first album in seventeen years, ‘Freedom’, online now.
The record, set for release next week, is available to hear via Pandora here.
‘Freedom’ features two tracks which sees the band team up with pop super-producer Shellback – the guy behind songs from the likes of Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Carly Rae Jepson.
“It was like we had this little bubble,” frontman Dennis Lyxzén told Upset, referencing their recording process, “and we thought, ‘Maybe someone else should hear a couple of songs,’ so we had some feedback, as we wouldn’t let anyone listen to what we were doing. We thought, maybe Shellback because he’s an old Refused fan but he didn’t come with feedback, he just rearranged the song.”
“It was as much a joke as anything else, contacting Shellback,” guitarist Kristofer Steen continues, on just how they came to using his cut-down edit of ‘Elektra;. “We didn’t expect anything. Two weeks before recording was supposed to start, he sent us a new arrangement for the songs. We were a little bit in conflict with what to do with it, so we ended up doing a bit of a mish mash version of the old and new one, but we weren’t happy with it.”
We’ll have more from Refused for you ‘soon’.