Refused fire guitarist

2014-10-31 by HenchmanOfSanta | 44 Comments
According to a lengthy statement on the band's Facebook page written by the man himself, Refused guitarist Jon Brännström has been fired from the band under unclear circumstances.

The band has been largely inactive since a reunion tour in 2012, and there is no word on whether or not they will seek a replacement any time soon.

Here is the full statement:
I was fired from Refused a while ago. I wasn’t given a reasonable explanation and wasn’t even invited to sit down and talk about it, so I'm not completely sure why they decided to go on without me. We’ve always been better at punk rock than democratic processes and dealing with conflicts, so I guess I’m not too surprised it went down like this. Quite sad indeed, but perhaps it's all for the best. I have always been more interested in writing music than reproducing it, more at home in the studio than on the road. Comfortable with slow intellectual processes rather than reacting instinctively in tumbling settings. What hurts me the most, is obviously the gesture. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we’ve made art together and have been tied to together through Refused for twenty years. I used to be proud to call these people my friends.

Enough rationalization and moaning, though. I'm writing to you through this forum to express my gratitude. If it weren't for you Refused wouldn't have happened in the first place. All of you who made, and still make, wonderful art, thus inspiring us to also try to do so. All the people whose fights fueled ours. Those who couldn't stand oppression, who took action against capitalism, racism and sexism. All of you who through words and activism lit sparks, kept ideas of solidarity alive, who actually made a change. And of course all you beautiful people who came and made our shows. Who gave us feedback on our music through dancing, shouting, late night discussions, through bombarding us with human faeces. You made it happen in the nineties, you made it happen during our reunion a couple of years ago. Touching to say the least. And I know you'll keep it up. Fighting, dancing and creating forever. I know I will. Through my music, through my work, through interactions, through speaking up. Just not through the forum of Refused anymore.

From the very bottom of my heart, thank you. See you in the pit.

Love.
Jon Brännström.


https://www.facebook.com/RefusedBand

Tagged: Refused

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2014
28711 Comments


fuck

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Mort.
October 31st 2014
15174 Comments


Refused are together?

didnt even know

beachdude
October 31st 2014
848 Comments


I thought they broke up again after the reunion shows in 2012...

Snake.
October 31st 2014
22435 Comments


either this is old news or refused reformed and i had no idea

Wizardboi
October 31st 2014
60 Comments


v strange. Maybe they were working on something

BertMacklinFBI
October 31st 2014
501 Comments


either this is old news or refused reformed and i had no idea[2]

Damus
October 31st 2014
594 Comments


very strange

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2014
57411 Comments


lol don't fire the guy who has access to your facebook account

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treeqt.
October 31st 2014
16968 Comments


queue the >I have always been more interested in writing music than reproducing it


owen
October 31st 2014
5146 Comments


so they were secretly working on new material huh?

HenchmanOfSanta
October 31st 2014
1994 Comments


Did y'all miss the 2012 reunion or something? That was the best concert I've ever seen. News to me would be that they went back on hiatus.

owen
October 31st 2014
5146 Comments


^I went to one of the shows, but why would he post a statement after two years?

HenchmanOfSanta
October 31st 2014
1994 Comments


Presumably because he was fired more recently than two years ago.

YourDarkAffected
October 31st 2014
1856 Comments


Yeah, not news that they reformed in 2012, but this is definitely news that they didn't split up again after their 2012 tour ended. Hmm...I guess they must be writing new material, which is pretty cool, but damn about firing the guitarist.

owen
October 31st 2014
5146 Comments


(1991 – 1998, 2012 – present)

black flag 2.0 :^)

BMDrummer
November 1st 2014
14656 Comments


thought they were fucking dead but ok

AmericnZero02
November 1st 2014
3739 Comments


Pretty strange that it's just happening now after all these years. I'm glad I got to see him play with Refused live when they came to seattle a couple of years ago. This dude is a hell of a performer live.

VinVal
November 1st 2014
1167 Comments


humble guy i wonder what really happened

Halfman
November 1st 2014
295 Comments


thought they were fucking dead but ok[2]

DatsNotDaMetulz
November 1st 2014
3995 Comments


WAIT Refused are still a thing? FUUUUUUUUUUCK

Confucius
November 1st 2014
505 Comments


They should fire the whole band. Most overrated band of all time.

Alkemest
November 1st 2014
316 Comments


lol how edgy of you

Refused are good

and Refused are also fucking dead. How do you fire a guitarist from a band that hasn't done fucking anything since the late 90s?

HenchmanOfSanta
November 1st 2014
1994 Comments


They toured two years ago, dude.

SCREAM!
November 1st 2014
15756 Comments


Can't wait to see if this means they're working on something (either tour or album) because otherwise I don't see what the point in this would be. This seems like a really shitty situation though. Sucks to read that line about used to be friends :/

BertMacklinFBI
November 1st 2014
501 Comments


Reading the full statement that was actually pretty sad

DatsNotDaMetulz
November 1st 2014
3995 Comments


Latest statement from the rest of the band:

"Any collective effort will have its ups and downs and when people really pour their hearts into something, things get complicated. We cut ties with Jon already in 2013 because he did not share our passion for the band. We don't know why he decided to emit this narrative on facebook or why he did it now, instead of just calling one of us up, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
//Refused"

HenchmanOfSanta
November 1st 2014
1994 Comments


Jeez. Are there any bands who are good at communicating when it comes to kicking guys out? It's always a big he said-he said scenario where everyone looks terrible.

Spec
November 1st 2014
35979 Comments


They've still been touring guys. They came around here not too long ago but it sold out really fast and I had to wait to get paid so I missed it.

killtaker
November 1st 2014
65 Comments


wat

Tyler.
November 1st 2014
18060 Comments


They should fire the whole band.

Skoj
November 1st 2014
1864 Comments


They should hire that Hole band.

Mort.
November 1st 2014
15174 Comments


they refused him entry into the band

lol im the best

Wizard
November 1st 2014
20309 Comments


Who really cares about this. It's not like they're making new music or anything relevant that we should care about.

SlMBOLlC
November 1st 2014
5551 Comments


Honestly they should just say thanks, obviously some shit went down with the band and its hush hush so that's what he should say

WeepingBanana
November 2nd 2014
10603 Comments


this guy sounds like a douche

someguest
November 2nd 2014
29985 Comments


We'll have a riot...

RIGHT ON FACEBOOK

guitarded_chuck
November 2nd 2014
18061 Comments


FIRED ON FACEBOOK THIS IS SO PUNK

boogs
November 2nd 2014
232 Comments


rip refused

twlichty
November 3rd 2014
4449 Comments


well they must be working on a new album.... cool

dimsim3478
November 3rd 2014
8817 Comments


I have always been more interested in writing music than reproducing it, more at home in the studio than on the road.

This sounds like Refused want to tour their old material again and Jon doesn't want to, so I'm gonna guess that no new material is coming but another tour might be happening.

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Azazzel
November 3rd 2014
178 Comments


Anyone remember them playing Fallon 2 years ago? Didn't expect that http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=aM7Uu9R8b7s

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2014
16567 Comments


This band is such a joke now. Hypocrits

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Skoj
November 3rd 2014
1864 Comments


so are the refused fucking dead again or what

Alkemest
November 3rd 2014
316 Comments


what is dead may never die



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