I got my festival tent this week, keen much? But in these bleak economic times now is the winter of our discount tent. Ahem. Well, along similar lines and as 2012 rolls on we head deep into festival rumour season and, better yet, festival confirmation season as several summer festivals have been confirming bands this week.
Coachella line-up revealed!
California’s Coachella has revealed its first bands and amongst the acts So. Cal. bound this April are Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, Atari Teenage Riot, Buzzcocks and probably most exciting of all, Refused. Refused’s return has been bubbling and boiling away for around 2 years now when the rumour mill started turning as Epitaph fired up the band’s old website. Radio One’s Mike Davies also told the world Refused would be back in 2012 earlier this month and Coachella finally confirmed live appearances for the year ahead.
If going to California is too far for you to see the seminal Swedish band Refused have found their way onto the bills of two European events this Summer. Refused have been added to the punk specific festival Groezrock in Belgium, scheduled for last weekend in April. They join a bill alongside other luminaries of the genre Rancid, Lagwagon, Bouncing Souls, Billy Talent, Hot Water Music & Anti-Flag. The very same weekend as Groezrock Refused will also be at Monsters Bash in Germany.
Israel’s premier punk rock band (name me a better one, prove me wrong!) Useless ID have joined the Fat Wreck family and their debut on the label is scheduled for an end of February release. In the meantime Fat Wreck have offered up track ‘Before it Kills’ as a free downloadable snifter of what’s to come.
It opens with quite a bit of swagger but seems to lose its way, and some of its energy, half way through, kind of like a runner getting a stitch, but like a runner it gets a second wind on the home straight as it hears the sound of the crowd back at the finish line.
What Useless ID do is rarely truly spectacular and on the back of this track I daresay the new album won’t turn too many new heads but familiar faces will probably enjoy the forthcoming record.
Next week… hopefully we’ll have some punk bands on the 2012 Download Festival bill!