Despite the buzz of excitement, it appears that Swedish hardcore punk band Refused are not planning to join the ranks of reformed bands.
The band split in 1998 shortly after the release of the The Shape Of Punk To Come: A Chimerical Bombination In 12 Bursts which was named by Kerrang! as one of the “50 Most Important Albums Of All Time”.
The ‘news’ of a reformation began with a new message on the band’s official website which simply reads “Refused, coming soon…”, but following the logic of a good internet rumour it soon turned into a full blown reformation.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe spread the word’ by excitedly tweeting – “This. Is. HUGE!!!!!, Refused have reformed.”
Punknews.org were also quick to fuel the flames and hopes of fans by citing “an anonymous source” who claimed that the band would soon be playing “some to-be-confirmed European summer festivals.”
However it appears that the brief yet tantalising message simply refers to the upcoming reissue of 1998’s The Shape Of Punk To Come due out in May, rather than a tour or any new recordings from the band.
A clearly frustrated Lowe has acknowledged his mistake on Twitter – “Ugh!!! Major f%^^in burn!! Cheeky marketing RT. apparently it’s just Epitaph re-releasing TSOPTC. “Refused Are Coming”!!!??… I’m sorry but that is playing on peoples hopes. Oh well, apologies for the false alarm.”