Apparently everyone in Chicago was at the Congress Theater on Thursday for the Refused reunion tour. Hell, even I was there, and I hate Refused. That said, I've always kind of dug the scene around Refused in their native Sweden. One of my favorite records of 2006 was Alienated by the Vicious, a no-frills punk band with Sara Almgren, a member of (International) Noise Conspiracy, on guitar. The Vicious eventually morphed into Masshysteri, another excellent Swedish punk band. In 2008, former Refused members Dennis Lyxzen and David Sandstrom reunited, threw all the stupid pretension and lame posturing of their past band out the window, and formed AC4. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is "Fuck the Pigs" from AC4's 2010 self-titled LP, available stateside on Deranged Records. Take a listen to this blast of Minor Threat-biting punk-rock fury— you may never want to hear Refused again.
I love everything about this song. I love how the hi-hat counts restlessly speed up during the intro break. I love how punchy and simple the drums fills are. I even love that this is a well-off 40-year-old man living in the planet's most peaceful nation screaming about how much he hates cops. This is simple, smart-assed, raging punk rock, and it's God damned excellent. Why didn't they bring this act to the States?