Refused as soon as gave us The Form of Punk to Come. Now, in 2020, they’re able to form the stylings of “Cyberpunk” to return, offering the music for the band Samurai within the extremely anticipated new online game, Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077 units you proper right into a harmful megacity sooner or later, permitting you to play as a cyber-enhanced mercenary outlaw on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind implant that gives the important thing to immortality. As you would possibly anticipate, there’s some fairly nice music throughout the recreation itself as nicely.
Throughout the world of Cyberpunk 2077, one of many key figures is the band Samurai with a really acquainted trying character named Johnny Silverhand. That is the place Refused is available in, recording the music for the band and giving them that edge wanted to suit the temper of the dystopian future.
Prematurely of the online game launch this fall, we had an opportunity to talk with Refused vocalist Dennis Lyxzen, who shared his experiences delving into the Cyberpunk 2077 world, discussing among the challenges and expressing his fascination for taking up this new musical experiment with the band. Take a look at the chat under and it’s also possible to pre-order Cyberpunk 2077 right here.
How did you first come to be concerned with the Cyberpunk 2077 recreation?
It’s fairly insane given the extent of hugeness with this entire challenge. They acquired in contact with me on an Instagram DM, which is fairly wild. Somebody wrote me, and I get quite a lot of messages, and somebody was like, ‘Hey, we’re doing this online game. Would you wish to be a voice within the recreation or would you wish to be a part of this?’ I’m not a gamer, so I simply handed it on to my administration and so they had been like, ‘Holy shit, it is a big deal.’
So then we mentioned sure and we began speaking and so they needed to do that band Samurai within the recreation form of primarily based on Refused. So we simply figured what higher manner than to simply have Refused be Samurai. We ended up doing that and it was fairly superior.
What had been you proven upfront? Have been you given any notes or proven any of the gameplay?
The composer and director of the sport had a reasonably clear thought of what they needed the music to be like, which was form of like a futuristic model of Refused. However when writing the lyrics and arising with the themes for the songs, they did ship me a bunch of the Cyberpunk materials and confirmed us some concepts behind the sport and the e book and all the things, so I needed to dig in a bit of bit and study in regards to the Cyberpunk mythology and perceive what that was all about so [I] may write the lyrics to it.
Often if you write lyrics, you write it out of your perspective. You write it from stuff you see on this world, however this time we needed to write stuff that was undoubtedly not of this world, so there was undoubtedly a special strategy to it as a result of the composer knew what he needed out of the band.
Given our background and our agenda and our political concepts and our DIY angle towards how we strategy music, I feel it simply made quite a lot of sense to attach us to Samurai.
Did recording as Samurai offer you some freedoms that perhaps you wouldn’t have had in any other case?
After all. We stepped into the position of being an imaginary band. They undoubtedly gave us some freedom, and it didn’t decrease the bar, it simply moved it to a special place. Often for Refused it takes two years to report a report, and the recording on these songs had been really performed in two weeks, from the time that P.T. Adamczyk got here from Warsaw to Stockholm to fulfill with Kris [Steen] and David [Sandstrom] and so they recorded primary monitoring and despatched stuff as much as me and I did vocals. So it was all performed in two weeks.
That was only a course of that we’re not used to, which was additionally liberating. That is being performed proper now. I feel we tend to tinker with issues endlessly. If it was as much as David and Kris the songs would by no means be finalized (laughs). They’re the kind of guys the place there’s at all times one other angle. So it was form of good to be in a scenario the place that is occurring proper now and we’re recording these songs. It was fairly refreshing.
Are you able to talk about the opposite band members’ tackle doing one thing that has a extra visible factor to it?
Everybody was tremendous excited, and once I first acquired the query they requested in the event that they needed simply my voice. We thought perhaps we should always ask if Refused had been into it, but it surely was simply on the tail finish of ending up Struggle Music, so we thought everybody may be burned out. However David and Kris, as the primary songwriters, they each had toyed with the concept they wish to write music for video games or TV or stuff like that, so after we acquired this opportunity, they jumped on it.
This was so superior because it was one thing they had been desirous to do for some time, after which we may do it as a band collectively. It video games a sure freedom and an opportunity to do issues in another way, however everybody was enthusiastic about this concept when it fell into our lap.
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Who’s Johnny Silverhand inside this recreation and might you speak about your ideas when you noticed the well-known actor who was going to be presenting your music?
He undoubtedly is without doubt one of the extra necessary characters within the recreation. He’s form of a revolutionary, rogue, punk form of character. They informed me in regards to the character and the mythology behind it and what it was going to be about and the band in connection to him, after which at some point a good friend texted me and requested, ‘Is that this your tune?’
It was after they introduced that Keanu Reeves was within the recreation and it was our tune within the background. So I texted my good friend again and was like, ‘Am I singing the Keanu Reeves elements?’ and so they had been like, ‘Sure.’ I used to be like, ‘Holy shit! That’s fairly cool.’ Yeah, it was a really sudden bonus.
Stepping into a few of these songs. “Chipping In” may be very a lot a name to arms, with an excellent punk vibe however some funk swing in there. Are you able to talk about the tune and what you had been attempting to perform with the way it suits within the recreation?
It’s humorous as a result of there’s a bunch of songs within the Cyberpunk e book or mythos and one of many songs in there’s referred to as ‘Chippin’ In.’ That they had an early demo for the tune already but it surely sounded extra like Aerosmith or one thing like that. However the CD Projekt Pink folks had been like, ‘We actually need this tune ‘Chippin’ In’’ So we determined we needed to do it actually anthem and such as you mentioned, a name to arms. However the thought and mythology was one thing that comes from the mythology of Cyberpunk already.
You talked about the mythology. How a lot analysis did you find yourself doing and was there something that form of stunned you the extra you learn into it?
There was a bit of bit, however I want I’d performed extra analysis. They despatched me a bunch of stuff that was linked to the concepts they needed for the songs, so I learn up on that, but it surely’s now over a yr in the past since I recorded it, so it’s now a bit of obscure to me. Once you’re an artist, you do stuff and also you form of transfer on.
However yeah, I did look into it and it’s a cool story, and we’ll at all times have the Billy Idol report, you understand (laughs).
I additionally needed to hit on “The Ballad of Buck Ravers,” which is a darkish observe. The whole drudgery of the company work world and craving to flee it ….
I feel quite a lot of the topical matter may be very Refused-esque, however it’s important to shift it to this completely different world. That was one of many challenges of writing these songs. Each band that you simply do has a special language in the way you current issues and Refused has a really distinct language, so if you begin to write, you write in that language. However after we despatched lyrics round, it was like, ‘Nicely you possibly can’t say this as this doesn’t apply to this world.’
So we needed to discover this very wage slave revolutionary tune that we may do as Refused, however set it in a special actuality the place the phrases of your oppression or lust for freedom are completely different and the terminology is completely different. So it was fairly attention-grabbing to be thrown into one thing the place you couldn’t actually use your language or you can use half of your language and the opposite half you needed to kind of modify to this actuality.
I keep in mind scripting this one lyric and being informed, ‘These phrases don’t exist on this future.’ It was like, ‘Oh shit.’ (laughs). It was actually fairly thrilling to try this.
Samurai, “The Ballad of Buck Ravers”
As a result of it is a dystopian future that we’re taking a look at …
Now it simply seems like the longer term (laughs). However sure, it’s a dystopian future, however the way it’s divided is barely completely different from what now we have at this time. There’s no actual politicians, there’s simply corpos who run the world, which is form of like how it’s at this time with companies working issues and having economical energy. It’s only a completely different future and it’s important to strategy it in another way.
Because you recorded the music some time in the past, I’m assuming you’ve seen how the sport seems and the way the music suits in. What’s your response to what you’ve seen?
It seems fairly superb. It’s such an bold recreation and the scope of it’s so huge with the entire mythology round it. Plus there’s a lot pleasure across the recreation. It’s attention-grabbing to see how as a band, Refused, there’s like a brand new tune, a brand new single and you understand the influence that that can have. However then you definately put out a tune as a fictitious band in a recreation and it’s superb how big that influence is. It’s fairly fascinating.
I used to be in Warsaw with my different band INVSN and we went to the CD Projekt Pink headquarters and so they confirmed me stuff from the sport, how they included the sounds and I acquired to see how they composed the music. It’s fairly superb in how big that’s and the way cool it’s to be a part of one thing that’s going to be a pop cultural landmark. That’s fairly superior.
Samurai, “By no means Fade Away”
I had learn the place punk and hardcore launched you to artwork and literature. Can you are taking me again into the previous and the way music has lead you to increase your horizons in several elements of tradition?
I grew up a working class child in the course of Sweden. I nonetheless reside right here, within the north of Sweden and my mother and father weren’t into tradition and my mother and father weren’t into politics or artwork or something. After I found music, particularly punk and hardcore, it opened up the concept something is feasible.
I used to be a complete faculty dropout. I used to be a type of children that didn’t have the eye span to go to high school, however when music got here alongside it educated me. It made me enthusiastic about artwork, it made me enthusiastic about tradition, it made me enthusiastic about all this stuff that after appeared out of attain for me as a youngster, trigger I didn’t have that in my household.
The outdated Bruce Springsteen information taught me greater than I acquired taught in class. It opened my world to all these completely different concepts and political concepts and all the things. It’s a type of issues the place discovering the sort of music was the massive defining second of my whole life.
Whereas I’ve acquired you as nicely, I did wish to ask about Refused. You’ve acquired an excellent report with Struggle Music, however then the pandemic hit and it’s form of tousled 2020. The place does the band stand in the meanwhile?
That’s the unhappy factor about this pandemic factor is that Refused is a type of offers the place it’s an on and off factor for us. So for 2021, everybody already had different plans. It’ll be a type of issues the place we did half a marketing campaign of Struggle Music, however now we have some stuff popping out. There’s new music popping out after the summer season, a BBC Session and another stuff that we’re engaged on. We’re going to do some extra music, however I’m unsure how we’re going to proceed with selecting up the marketing campaign. As of now, I feel the longer term is fairly unwritten for everybody. Individuals are attempting to be optimistic and say perhaps after the summer season, however I don’t actually see that occuring but. So it’s a little bit of a multitude really for us.
You talked about 2021 being deliberate for different issues. Did you’ve got one thing within the works for subsequent yr?
Sure, I’ve this different band INVSN. We’ll have one other report popping out late this yr or early subsequent yr a while. I even have this band Pretend Names with some outdated punk folks and we put out a report in Could and I feel we’re going to attempt to work on that.
I do know that Mattias is performing some scoring. David is writing a novel. Kris is a director, so everyone seems to be doing one thing and also you simply replenish your calendar. So 2020 was going to be the Refused yr. However we’ll see how all the things performs out. We don’t understand how something goes to occur but, however that’s how life is typically.
Our due to Refused’s Dennis Lyxzen for the interview. Be looking out for Cyberpunk 2077 coming to Xbox One, PS4 and private computer systems on Nov. 19, 2020. Pre-orders for the sport, which incorporates music from Refused because the band Samurai, are presently underway at this location. You may as well try the model new tune, “A Like Supreme,” that simply dropped at this time (Aug. 10) under:
Samurai, “A Like Supreme”
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