So how are we all feeling about the sudden resurrection of Refused? If anything, it’s been an interesting week for revealing how personally people take their music. Unfortunately I’m no exception to the rule. I really genuinely never thought that Refused would ever reform. They were so serious about burying their band and never reforming that they named their biographical DVD Refused Are Fucking Dead. Sure they reunited to play some shows (and amazing shows at that), but I never truly thought that they would record again. Especially not given the high esteem in which Shape of Punk To Come is held. I didn’t think they’d want to tarnish their untouchable legacy. It must have been so tempting to forever be that band that made the record that changed everything and then did the career equivalent of a smug mic drop before their legions of adoring fans. But I suppose the creative fire is burning brighter in them than any of us had anticipated. It’ll be interesting to see what they can come up with their first album in more than 17 years is released this June. You can hear the first single Elektra right now if you dare.
The Story So Far and Man Overboard are joining forces to tour Australia this September. Melbourne’s Apart From This will be the national local support, making it one hell of an enticing bill. See the three bands play at Max Watt’s (formerly the Hi-Fi Bar) in Melbourne on September 11. There’ll also be an all ages show, at Arrow On Swanston on September 10.
Dead Letter Circus will release a new single next week and then perform some very cosy shows in support. Grab tickets to see them perform for an intimate crowd at Northcote Social Club on July 17 and then keep your ears out for the new track next week.
We haven’t heard much from Ceres this year so it’s awesome to hear that they’re touring again next month, with local legends The Pretty Littles and Sincerely Grizzly no less. See the three of them at The Tote on June 27 or wait a bit and hit the Old Bar on July 25. Tickets will be available at the door for all shows.
Melbourne trio Batpiss have a new album Biomass on the way and it’s getting a release via Poison City Records. June 26 is the date for this much anticipated follow up to 2013’s Nuclear Winter. They’re going to tour the album throughout winter, including shows at Howler in Melbourne on July 17 and The Eastern in Ballarat on August 1. They’ll also be at Poison City Weekender.
The Getaway Plan are back and have an incredibly hectic year planned out. Their third studio album Dark Horses will be released on July 3 and they’ll celebrate by playing the Corner Hotel on May 22, with Gatherer and Freeds. They also have a stack of dates for regional Australia pencilled in for later in the year.