Swedish metal band confirm departure of founder member after 20 years
Refused have confirmed that they have fired guitarist Jon Brännström. The news follows a post by Brännström on the band’s Facebook page attacking his former bandmates.
Brännström broke the news of his departure on Saturday (November 1) when he posted a message on Refused’s Facebook page in which he says he was not given a reason for his firing and that he no longer considers the band members his friends.
An extract from the post reads: “I was fired from Refused a while ago. I wasn’t given a reasonable explanation and wasn’t even invited to sit down and talk about it, so I’m not completely sure why they decided to go on without me.”
He continued: “We’ve always been better at punk rock than democratic processes and dealing with conflicts, so I guess I’m not too surprised it went down like this. Quite sad indeed, but perhaps it’s all for the best.
Brännström added that he has “always been more interested in writing music than reproducing it” and that he “used to be proud to call these people my friends.”
The band responded to their former guitarist’s post, adding: “Any collective effort will have its ups and downs, and when people really pour their hearts into something, things get complicated.”
“We cut ties with Jon already in 2013 because he did not share our passion for the band. We don’t know why he decided to emit this narrative on Facebook or why he did it now, instead of just calling one of us up, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Refused reformed in 2012 to re-release and tour their 1998 album ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’.