Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén discusses Paris attacks during rare London show

Performing at the Electric Ballroom, the Swedish vocalist insisted that "music is our community"

Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén has spoken out about the recent terrorist attack in Paris.

Performing at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, during a rare London show for the Swedish punk band, he revealed that they had played at the Trianon venue in Paris the previous night and said: “We’re all thinking about [the attacks], right?”

He added: “One of the things I always liked about music is that it’s our place. The world is a fucked up and messed up place right now, but music is our community.”


Referring to innocent Syrian people who may be harmed by bombs intended for ISIS, the militant jihadist group who carried out the attacks, he said: “We need to think about the people in Syria who are trying to escape this.”

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Formed in Umeå, Sweden, in 1991, the influential four-piece released a series of seminal hardcore punk albums (including the acclaimed ‘The Shape of Punk To Come’) throughout the 1990s but split in 1998. They reformed in 2012 and this year released the electro-influenced album ‘Freedom’. Refused’s most recent UK live dates came as part of this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals.

Speaking to NME in August, the band revealed they plan to begin work on a new album, having taken nearly 20 years between their last two records, with bass player Magnus Flagge saying that the next album will be more spontaneous.

Refused played:

‘The Shape of Punk to Come’
‘The Refused Party Program’
‘Dawkins Christ’
‘The Deadly Rhythm’
‘Destroy the Man’
‘Rather Be Dead’
‘Hook, Line and Sinker’
‘War on the Palaces’
‘Servants of Death’
‘Liberation Frequency’
‘Thought Is Blood’
‘Refused Are Fucking Dead’
‘Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull’
‘New Noise’
‘Tannhäuser / Derivè’