The Shape of Punk to Come, the classic 1998 album from the art-damaged Swedish hardcore band Refused, never quite lived up to its title. It didn‘t, after all, anticipate the arrival of the guylinered MySpace emo bands who have clogged Warped Tour bills in the years since. The album took some of greatest trends of 90s hardcore (the angular frenzy of Born Against, the free-jazz leanings and revolutionary slogan-slinging of Nation of Ulysses) and distilled them into a towering, impeccably produced onslaught– basement punk rendered as stadium rock. To this day, “New Noise” gets pulses racing.
This summer, the album will get the deluxe reissue it’s long deserved.
Due June 8 from Epitaph, the Deluxe Edition of The Shape of Punk to Come spans three discs. It includes the original album, a previously unreleased live album recorded in Sweden in 1998, and a DVD of the breakup documentary Refused Are Fucking Dead. The Shape of Punk to Come was Refused’s final album; soon after they broke up, frontman Dennis Lyxzén formed the (International) Noise Conspiracy.
Last month, a swirl of reunion rumors hit the internet when Epitaph relaunched the Refused website with the words “coming soon”. That’s not happening, but this reissue still ranks as pretty awesome news for fans of the band.
The reissue will available on CD, digital download, and vinyl. Below, we’ve got the tracklist, Epitaph’s trailer for the reissue, and, just for the hell of it, the “New Noise” video.
The Shape of Punk to Come (Deluxe Edition):
01 Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull
02 Liberation Frequency
03 The Deadly Rhythm
04 Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine
05 Bruitist Pome #5
06 New Noise
07 The Refused Party Program
08 Protest Song ’68
09 Refused Are Fucking Dead
10 The Shape of Punk to Come
11 Tannhäuser / Derivè
12 The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax
01 The Shape of Punk to Come
02 Refused Party Program
03 Circle Pit
04 Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull
05 Hook, Line and Sinker
06 Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine
07 Rather Be Dead
08 Burn It
09 The Deadly Rhythm
10 Coup d’Etat
11 New Noise