Powerful, raw, political metal and punk rock from Bert McCracken and co.
Renowned US post-hardcore quartet
Following the release of Toxic Positivity back in May, Utah post-hardcore heroes The Used are returning to the UK.
The Used formed at the turn of the millennium, just as post-hardcore and pop-punk were gaining global traction thanks to MTV. Their 2002 self-titled debut remains one of the defining albums of this era, featuring classics such as ‘The Taste Of Ink’ and ‘Buried Myself Alive’. The band then hit the road, with performance slots at Ozzfest and Warped Tour, earning legions of fans.
Two years later, The Used released the heartbreaking In Love and Death, featuring tracks such as ‘All That I’ve Got,’ ‘I Caught Fire’, and a cover of Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’ with My Chemical Romance. In 2007, the group released their third album, Lies for the Liars, which featured Good Charlotte’s Dean Butterworth on drums. It became the band’s fastest-selling album in the UK, while on home soil it peaked at No.5 on the Billboard 200.
The Used’s fourth studio album came yet another two years later in the form of Artwork, which they described as "gross pop". The 2010s saw further releases, including 2012’s Vulnerable and 2017’s Canyon. In May 2023, the band – now consisting of vocalist Bert McCracken, drummer Dan Whitesides, guitarist Joey Bradford and bassist Jeph Howard – released Toxic Positivity, writing 11 songs in 11 days with longtime collaborator John Feldmann. The album also included the tracks ‘Numb’ and ‘Giving Up’.
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