"Restless Soul" Dennis Lyxzén of Refused on His Latest Musical Evolution, INVSN
"I always want to challenge myself and what I'm doing," said singer Dennis Lyxzén over the phone from his native Sweden last week. "Restless soul. I never stick with anything, I always move forward." In his forward trajectory, Lyxzén brought along drummer Andre Sandström and guitarist Anders Stenberg, with whom for ten years he had been playing music and touring with. Rounding off the band is bassist Sara Almgren from Lyxzén's garage-infused band the (International) Noise Conspiracy.
While the self-titled album is a first release for INVSN in their current state (having changed the name a few times), the band has already released two previous albums in Swedish. Starting more in the old school punk vein similar to AC4, Lyxzén steered the band into a new territory of sound for the second album. "At the time we just said, 'Let's do something that was sort of a challenge.' Some of the things we were playing and recording were uncomfortable," Lyxzén admitted. "But then we really liked the record and we did an English version of it."
The English version met the ears of record label Razor & Tie, who signed the band to release a third album in English. For their latest effort, INVSN took ideas from that second album and refined the music into the blissfully dark, yet unexpected album that represents their style today. Still, the evolution to a more subdued, subversive sound was a bit jarring. But according to the musician, the ability to change genres and challenge oneself to create "uncomfortable" music was freeing.
"I was a punk kid, really punk, and for me it was like a liberation, an idea that anything is possible, you can do anything you want. So whenever I created music or been in a band, I always had a really broad perspective on everything I'm doing. And it stays the same now. It's not even a problem for me to practice with two bands in the same day. It's still me, just different parts of my ideas and emotions and range. So of course when we practice with INVSN it’s a different mindset and approach… I like that my feet are always planted in the same soil, but as a person you're always multi-faceted."