Punk legends Refused have announced a new album, War Music. The follow-up to 2015’s Freedom will hit your ears on October 18, though a teaser video has arrived for “Blood Red,” the album’s first single.
We’ll hear the full song on August 2. But so far it’s a fuckin’ ripper.
Refused offer context for the news: “In the present moment, we who believe in the equal distribution of wealth in an egalitarian, ecological direct democracy, we who use gender-neutral pronouns and words like solidarity, moral responsibility, intersectionality and class warfare, we who believe in the Marxist dictum, ‘from each according to ability, to each according to need’ are on our back foot, on our backs, backed up against the wall, surrounded by enemies, our movement curtailed, our rights violated. It’s been clear for some time: the sun is setting on our beliefs.
But we still believe that capitalism is cancer and we still believe it can be cured.
We still believe that the patriarchy is cancer and we still believe it too can be cured.
We still believe in the power of art to transform and expand the mind.
And last but by no means least:
We still believe in the total violent obliteration of the one percent.
Blood red until we’re fucking dead.
A fittingly timed announcement, as the world is glued to screens for the Mueller testimony over Biff Tannen’s raping of America.