Post-hardcore buffs beware: Refused's firecracker of a frontman Dennis Lyxzén has returned. Though the sneering/spitting/shouting spirit certainly informs the work of his new-ish band INVSN, these Swedes snatch their style from the post-punk age, unfurling darkwave furies, industrial pop, and shadowy rock over a 10-song English-language debut. All of INVSN is streaming below, and it finds the group in top form.
They'd released a pair of LPs under the name Invasionen in their native country, but here, this Umeå-based wrecking crew aims to expand. To that end, they tightened their lineup — Andre Sandström of thrash band DS-13, Sara Almgren of Lyxzén's the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Lykke Li collaborator Anders Stenberg, and Richard Österman — and hit the studio with mixing assisttance from Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, PiL, Nick Cave, Kate Bush) and Jacob Hansen (Volbeat).
The results are below, ranging from the Soft Moon-checking atmospherics of "Down in the Shadows" to the Joy Division-like high-low dichotomy of "Inheritance." INVSN is out September 24 on Razor & Tie. Various pre-order bundles can be purchased now.
INVSN, INVSN track list:
2. "Down in the Shadows"
3. "The Promise"
4. "God Has Left Us Stranded"
6. "Our Blood"
8. "It’s All Coming Back"
9. "Distorted Heartbeat"
INVSN tour dates:
October 10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
October 11 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
October 12 - St Louis, MO @ Plush
October 13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue
October 14 - Dekalb, IL @ Otto's
October 15 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
October 16 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
October 17 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
October 18 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic
October 19 - Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
October 20 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
October 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
October 23 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's
October 24 - Boston, MA @ Royale
October 25 - New York, NY @ Best Buy
October 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
October 27 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage Live
October 28 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
October 29 - Richmond, VA @ The National
October 30 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
November 1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
November 2 - Orlando, FL @ Beachum Theater
November 3 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade