I have been fortunate enough to catch Refused three times in my life and this is a short list of the following experiences:
1.) The first time I saw Refused live, the first statement out of my mouth was ” I want to feel this good all the time!!” And yes I was sober.
2.) The second time I stated that “When I die and my life flashes before my eyes, the two times I saw Refused will be included.”
3.) Third time, I got to do a meet and greet.
Besides the details of my obsession, this tour’s lineup is pretty great. The local band they chose for this date was Residual Kid, which is an Austin favorite. I saw that their singer graduated from high school the previous week and then got to play a show at the Mohawk. Yeah, we are all a bit jealous. I like their style a lot but since they are so young I feel their style will keeping developing into something more complex. They are a great opener though for a tour like this though.
I also dug Plague Vendor. I liked their odd style the most; fashion and musically. Their members had styles varying from dad wear to goth but I like to keep guessing where this is going. Plus their music and style don’t feel forced, it’s who they are. They are here for the music. I think they are excellent musicians and I really enjoyed their live show. I can say it is not for everyone. I like that kind of dark and trashy (I use trashy as a positive here) style of music. Who am I to judge when I love Sisters of Mercy? They are also on Epitaph Records, and someone important definitely sees the appeal and I think you might too.
Refused at Mohawk 2016
I was pretty excited to see The Coathangers since I had seen their name around the blogosphere. I really also love female supported bands since there are so few. But I didn’t really get that into them as much as I wanted. I love their vocals and they are talented musicians. I just think it is just difficult to judge when there are a lot of bands in their particular genre that does a similar style. It makes it difficult not to compare them with other bands too harshly. But I lot of people came to see them play and enjoyed their set. Also, they are opening for Refused, so that does say something about their band. The verdict is still out, so check them out for yourself and be the final vote.
Refused was and still is amazing. I was excited for the show since I was starting to see pictures from their Houston date at Free Press. They opened with “Elektra” and everyone lost it. Finally being able to see a festival headliner at a club show ultimately created a unique experience. They played all their newer songs sprinkled within their hits, which I enjoyed since I wanted to hear as much from their catalog as possible. I also really liked that Dennis Lyxzen has some poignant things to say about the ideas of freedom. They offered up Sweden to their fans and whatever they can do to keep that ideal.
What truly struck me as beautiful was during the week the verdict of the Brock Turner case come out, Lyxzen stated that guys need to get their act together to keep the female population safe against sexual assault. It was a tough week all around and it was refreshing to hear that kind of advocacy. I also told him this at the meet and great. And their band is amazing too.
I usually hate meeting people I really admire. That is because I want to continue to like them. I truly can say that Refused were SUPER nice guys. I was surprised due to my pessimism of people being awful. But they made that experience wonderful and I can’t wait to see what they have in store next.
And “New Noise” will also be my JAM!