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AP.net Special Presentation: A Look Back at 'The Shape...

Posted by: Adam Pfleider (10/31/12)
2012 is coming to a close, and I never thought I would see At the Drive-In's first reunion in over a decade. This weekend I will be seeing Refused's second to last U.S. show at the seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. With the demise of three of my favorite bands this past year (Thursday, Thrice, RX Bandits), it seems ten years later I'm closing an important volume of understanding what punk rock really is. In honor of all of this, I've put together a special feature on the band's seminal record, The Shape of Punk to Come.

Four years ago I started working on a book which chronicles the "post-hardcore" scene from The Shape of Punk to Come to We Are the Romans to Worship and Tribute to Document #8 and more. Four years ago one of the first interviews I conducted was with drummer David Sandström. For almost an hour we discussed a bit of the background and creation of the band's third and final full-length. Today you will be able to read and download that chapter here. I've also written an accompanied 'Consequential Apathy' piece to go along with it here. I suggest reading it before delving into the chapter.

Two things should be noted here. One, since Sandström was the only member which didn't decline an interview, the chapter is cut into two parts. The fist half discusses the creation of The Shape of Punk to Come, and the second half is made up of my thoughts on where the album stands in the history books of punk and hardcore. Two, the quotes have been checked by Sandström three years ago, and given his band's current reunion and the fact that they've buried their ill feelings of 1998, some of Sandström's feelings could be different now.

To go along with all of this, in case you missed the band's reunion or will not be catching the last two U.S. shows, you can head to the replies to watch the band perform "Worms of the Senses/Faculties of the Skull," "The Refused Party Program" and "Liberation Frequency" at this year's FYF Fest presented by our friends at Light and Noise TV.

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07:07 AM on 10/31/12
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07:10 AM on 10/31/12
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Thank you to Erik van Rheenen for copy edits and helping me out with this. I hope you all enjoy this. I didn't start this book for more than the purpose of documenting some amazing records. I wish I could have pulled more interviews, but maybe with the release of this, when it's finally released as a whole, I can add more to it.
07:16 AM on 10/31/12
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Can't wait to sit down and read your piece and watch the performance.
07:17 AM on 10/31/12
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FYI, Shape was definitely their third LP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Ju...e..._the_Truth
07:20 AM on 10/31/12
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I can't wait to hear your feedback on this Brian.
07:36 AM on 10/31/12
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Thank you to Erik van Rheenen for copy edits and helping me out with this. I hope you all enjoy this. I didn't start this book for more than the purpose of documenting some amazing records. I wish I could have pulled more interviews, but maybe with the release of this, when it's finally released as a whole, I can add more to it.
mah boy evr <3
07:45 AM on 10/31/12
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I've already talked to you with my thoughts on this mainly, but I wanted to post and re-iterate that I was happy to ready it (I love Refused, too), and that I await being able to read more.
08:09 AM on 10/31/12
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08:25 AM on 10/31/12
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cool read.
08:59 AM on 10/31/12
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I can't wait to hear your feedback on this Brian.
Tonight I will sit down with a good cup of pink lemonade, put on some tunes and read this thoroughly, no worries.
09:05 AM on 10/31/12
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Tonight I will sit down with a good cup of pink lemonade, put on some tunes and read this thoroughly, no worries.
haha. alright man. sounds good.
09:17 AM on 10/31/12
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Why did I start reading this at work? good stuff.
09:17 AM on 10/31/12
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All of you should read this. Adam is a wicked talented writer.
09:23 AM on 10/31/12
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Amazing read, good job... thanks Adam! nice piece of video too :)
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