Dennis Lyxzén

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Dennis Lyxzén
Lyxzén in 2008
Lyxzén in 2008
Background information
Birth nameSven Olov Dennis Lyxzén
Also known asD-Rp
Born (1972-06-19) June 19, 1972 (age 50)
Umeå, Sweden
GenresPunk rock, garage rock, indie rock, hardcore punk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, percussion
Years active1987–present
LabelsNy Våg, Desperate Fight, Burning Heart
Epitaph, G7 Welcoming Committee, Your Choice, American Recordings, Victory, Startrec, Umea Hardcore

Sven Olov Dennis Lyxzén (born June 19, 1972) is a musician best known as the lead vocalist for Swedish hardcore punk band Refused. He is currently the vocalist in INVSN and Fake Names.


Aside from Refused, he has been involved in numerous Swedish bands during his musical career, acting as vocalist, bass player, or guitar player. Since the break-up of Refused, his most notable bands have been The (International) Noise Conspiracy and Invasionen (previously called The Lost Patrol Band). Lyxzén also runs Ny Våg, a punk record label. He acted as producer of the 2005 self-titled album by Swedish punk band Regulations, which was released on the label.

As a punk rock frontman, Lyxzén's songs are of a counter-culture nature, in line with his socialist political views. Despite his political views, he tends to maintain a level of lyrical variety throughout his various bands. Lyxzén was voted sexiest man in Sweden in 2004 by Elle Magazine,[1][2] and is also vegan.[3]

In March 2010, there were rumours that Lyxzén's old band Refused was getting back together after a 12 years hiatus.[4] This, however, was dismissed by Lyxzén as he and David Sandström were busy with AC4.

In 2011, Lyxzén joined The Bloody Beetroots for their Church of Noise tour as a guest vocalist. Lyxzén is also featured in their newest single, "Church of Noise", and the accompanying music video.

On January 9, 2012 it was announced that Refused would reunite for Coachella, Way Out West Festival and Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012. They went on to headline Groezrock 2012 in Meerhout, Belgium.[5]

Although Refused stated in 2012 that their reunion was only temporary, in 2015 they released their fourth studio album Freedom. Refused have continued to tour to promote Freedom. Dennis has stated that Refused will continue as an active band, "We’re not breaking up or anything, we’re taking a break to write a new record… But the Australian tour will be the last tour for a while… We’ll take some time off, and then we’ll start writing some songs but we’re not breaking up, no."[6]

Lyxzén provides the singing vocals for the character Johnny Silverhand in the 2020 video game Cyberpunk 2077.[7]

Associated bands[edit]

Lyxzén performing in 2009

Current bands[edit]

  • Refused – lead vocals (1991–1998, 2012–present)
  • INVSN – lead vocals, guitar (1999–present)
  • Fake Names – lead vocals (2018–present)[8]

Former bands[edit]

  • AC4 – lead vocals (2008–2013)
  • Instängd – drums, percussion (2008–?)
  • The (International) Noise Conspiracy – lead vocals (1998–2009)
  • 98 Million Miles From the Sun – lead vocals, guitar (1997–1998)
  • Final Exit (credited in the band as D-Rp) – bass (1994–1997)
  • Step Forward – lead vocals (1989–1991)
  • Garbage Pailkids – bass (1989–1991)
  • Afro Jetz – lead vocals, bass (1987–1989)
  • By No Means – guitar (?)
  • Yonderboy – (?)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aftonbladet: Han är Sveriges sexigaste man Archived August 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Epitaph Records: Dennis Lyxzén is the sexiest man in Sweden!
  3. ^ "Interview with International Noise Conspiracy". PETA2. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Yancey, Bryne (March 27, 2010). "UPDATED: Refused updates website, reunion in the works". Retrieved March 27, 2010.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "DENNIS LYXZÉN (REFUSED) Interview".
  7. ^ "'Cyberpunk 2077' reviews reveal long-hyped RPG is stunning but problematic".
  8. ^ Sacher, Andrew (December 19, 2018). "Fake Names (mem Refused, Minor Threat, Embrace) playing first show ever in NYC". Brooklyn Vegan. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018. Retrieved May 17, 2019.

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