The founding members of International Noise Conspiracy cut their teeth in the late '90s as the more spastic Refused, who were a near copy of Ulysses except that, since they were Swedish, their Socialist sloganeering didn't require irony. Then, just after Ulysses morphed into the decidedly ass-centric Make Up, Refused became the dancier Noise Conspiracy. And despite their well-made, doggedly leftist mod punk, they nonetheless came off as a fan-club version of Make Up.
The roads are finally diverging. Make Up has morphed again into the weed-centric Weird War. And International Noise Conspiracy has remained focused. Though considering the politico remnants, their adherence to the matching outfit/nice haircut image is looking more like market branding. All of this is probably a moot point to fans, who were memorizing multiplication tables when Nation of Ulysses was touring, and to whom branding long ago trumped ideology.