Watch Refused Make Brilliant, Long-Overdue TV Debut
Reunited Swedish punks played "New Noise" and "The Shape of Punk to Come"
Swedish hardcore greats Refused reunited earlier this year for their first shows since 1998, including one of the best sets at Coachella. Making their U.S. TV debut last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the group made clear what audiences have been missing all this time, putting on a ferocious rendition of the viscerally churning, anarchically sloganeering “New Noise,” from their landmark album The Shape of Punk to Come. As a Web exclusive, Refused gave a similarly scorching performance of that 1998 album’s virtuoso title track. Frontman Dennis Lyxzén is everywhere at once, egging the drummer on, jumping into the splits, twisting his flailing body into the shapes of a punk whose time has come again.