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Artist Update: The Used

posted March 27, 2012, 7:39 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Used, Vulnerable


Today The Used have released their 5th studio album, Vulnerable,  off their own record label Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records.  In conjunction with the new album release, the band has announced a headlining tour kicking off May 12th with Dead Sara and Stars In Stereo.  The band will also play Main Stage on this summer’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour and be doing a select amount of acoustic shows starting today.

Turning personal adversity into art is The Used’s trademark and Vulnerable was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable.

“Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me,” says McCracken. “This record’s really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It’s a lot more positive than a lot of records we’ve written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays.”

The Used—which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like “Box Full of Sharp Objects,” “The Taste of Ink” and “Buried Myself Alive.” The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memories in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed—2004’s In Love And Death—spawning singles “Take It Away,” “All That I’ve Got” and “I Caught Fire.”

2007’s Lies For The Liars, hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200, led to 2009’s Artwork, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. As if that weren’t enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who’s who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals.

“I think Vulnerable is really new for us. There’s a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it’s also still a Used record, by all means,” explains McCracken. “Just like any other Used record, it’s a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record.”

“This record is for all those people who weren’t the coolest people around. We never were. This record’s for kids like us, who just love music, because it saves their lives every day,” McCracken says. “At the end of the day, I’m the only one who has to live and die with myself. I want to make it a good one for me. I only have one life to live.”

The Used Headlining Tour Dates:
5/12/12- Buffalo, NY                Town Hall
5/13/12- Albany, NY                Northern Lights
5/15/12- Philadelphia, PA        TLA (LN)
5/16/12- Huntington, NY         Paramount (LN)
5/18/12- Providence, RI          Lupo’s
5/19/12- Boston, MA               House of Blues (LN)
5/21/12- New York City          Irving Plaza (LN)
5/22/12- Allentown, PA            Crocodile Rock
5/23/12- Charlotte, NC            Fillmore (LN)
5/30/12- Silver Spring, MD      Fillmore (LN)
5/31/12- Cincinnati, OH          Bogart’s (LN)
6/1/12  – Milwaukee, WI          The Rave
6/3/12  – Winnipeg                   Garrick
6/5/12  – Edmonton                 Starlite
6/6/12  – Calgary                     Macewan Ballroom
6/9/12  – Vancouver                Vogue
6/10/12- Seattle, WA               Showbox at the Market
6/11/12- Portland, OR             Roseland Theatre

Upcoming In Store Appearances & Select Acoustic Performances:
3/26/12 – Los Angeles, CA      Soundcheck Hollywood                      Signing
3/26/12- Claremont, CA          Rhino Records                                    Signing
3/28/12- San Diego, CA          Best Buy                                             Signing
3/30/12- Las Vegas, NV         Zia Record Exchange                         Signing
4/1/12- Salt Lake City, UT      f.y.e #1970                                          Signing
4/3/12- West Babylon, NY      Looney Tunes                                     Signing + Acoustic Performance
4/4/12- Ford, NJ                     Vintage Vinyl                                       Signing + Acoustic Performance
4/5/12- Philadelphia, PA          f.y.e. Broad St                                     Signing + Acoustic Performance
4/7/12- Berkley, MI                 f.y.e. Detroit Suburbs                          Signing + Acoustic Performance

Vans Warped Tour Dates:
Jun 16             Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 17             Denver, CO
Jun 20             Las Vegas, NV
Jun 21             Irvine, CA
Jun 22             Pomona, CA
Jun 23             San Francisco, CA
Jun 24             Ventura, CA
Jun 27             Chula Vista, CA
Jun 28             Scottsdale, AZ
Jun 29             Las Cruces, NM
Jun 30             San Antonio, TX
Jul 01              Houston, TX
Jul 03              Dallas, TX
Jul 05              Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 06              Auburn Hills, MI
Jul 07              Tinley Park, IL
Jul 08              Shakopee, MN
Jul 09              Bonner Springs, KS
Jul 10              Noblesville, IN
Jul 11              Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 12              Burgettstown, PA
Jul 13              Holmdel, NJ
Jul 14              Montreal, QC CA
Jul 15              Toronto, ON CA

For Warped Tour Dates and more information on The Used, check out: www.TheUsed.net <http://www.TheUsed.net>

 

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