Dennis Lyxzen needed a breather midway through his band Refused’s ultraviolent set at Music Hall of Williamsburg last Thursday. It was his second show in New York that week, and he was as wild and crazy on stage as his audience was for a set which featured a few new songs, but mainly drew from 1998’s seminal post-hardcore masterwork The Shape of Punk to Come. They’re songs that people get pretty damned excited for, and his night was just getting started. “We’re all going to be feeling this tomorrow,” he joked, noting that the bulk of the crowd was in the 30+ age bracket. He wasn’t kidding… it’s been years since I’ve bled at a show (only 28 though!) and I’ve still got a split lip to show for it. I even caught post-hardcore O.G. Geoff Rickley (36, b. March 8, 1979) making a b-line away from the swinging fists and bullcharging in the pit.
What most of the crowd didn’t know, was that after the MHOW doors closed, Refused would be heading north for a surprise late night performance at the requisite cool spot to do a surprise late night performance in 2015, St. Vitus. The set was lighter and more playful than what I had heard earlier in the night. A few favorites from The Shape of Punk to Come remained, but the early morning crowd was treated to covers of Black Flag’s “My War,” Fugazi’s “Bed For the Scraping,” Judas Priest’s “Freewheel Burning,” and more. Our own (((unartig))) caught the whole thing on film and you can check out the unique set in full below.