Saturday, January 21, 2012
REFUSED & AT THE DRIVE IN: BACK FROM THE DEAD
This one caught me off guard. Nothing, it seems, is FINAL in rock 'n roll. Not even death...
This month, cult Swedish hardcore legends Refused and over-before-their-time, Mars Volta-spawning Texas weirdos At the Drive In announced their immediate reinstatements. Both bands are scheduled to play The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California this April.
Refused are also playing Groezrock in Belgium, Swedish fest Way Out West and a handful of other dates. There are even rumours that The Offspring (I know, right), Refused and At the Drive In are planning a summer Euro tour together...
I know, everyone's reforming. Yawn, you've heard it all before. Thing is, these two bands, on numerous occasions, stressed just how impossible the idea of a reunion was. At the Drive In's split was anything but amicable, divided into the short-back-and-sides Sparta camp and the more psychedelically-inclined, afro-sporting Mars Volta camp.
Refused went even further, writing a manifesto titled 'Refused Are Fucking Dead,' which included the line, "we will never play together again and we will never try to glorify or celebrate what was".
Predictably, Refused issued a lengthy statement on their official website.
At the Drive In's official statement; "To whom it may concern. At the Drive In will be breaking their 11 year silence. This station is.... now ....operational".