photos by Carmelo Espanola

Refused @ the Congress Theater on 7/26/2012
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On Thursday night (7/26) Refused visited Chicago's Congress Theater to play their first area show since 1996 (at the very tiny Fireside Bowl). The Swedish quintet played most of their 1998 album The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts and also touched on their sophomore effort Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent. OFF! joined the group for a string of North American dates earlier this month, which included last week's Chicago show. After playing their opening set, OFF! frontman Keith Morris took the stage with Refused to partake in a pair of Black Flag covers -- "Police Story" and "Nervous Breakdown." Though both bands played top-notch sets, I couldn't help but to wonder what the show would have sounded like elsewhere. The sound seemed to lack the necessary bass frequencies, which left both groups sounding slightly flat in the lofty venue.

More pictures from the Congress Theater show continue below, along with Refused's setlist and some videos.

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Refused - "Worms of the Senses" @ Congress Theater

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Refused - 7/26 Congress Theater setlist:
Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull
The Refused Party Program
Liberation Frequency
Rather Be Dead
Coup d'état
Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine
The Deadly Rhythm
Hook, Line and Sinker
Police Story (Black Flag cover w/ Keith Morris)
Nervous Breakdown (Black Flag cover w/ Keith Morris)
Refused Are Fucking Dead
Life Support Addiction
The Shape of Punk to Come
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New Noise
Tannhäuser / Derivè
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