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Two Nights of The Used

November 18, 2009

Written By: Jim Markunas (Editor-In-Chief) and
Jason Coldiron (Rock/Metal Editor)


Photos By: Brett Gulbrandson

View all of Brett’s photos of The Used here.

Jim: First off… Opening bands… I’m a huge fan of Drive A; they’re punk, catchy and a great choice for an opening act. (check out our review of their debut) The Almost… Yeah, their music was really good, but did their pants have to be so fucking tight? Seriously? I haven’t seen that much blatant cock in my face since the last time my friend Paul took me to West Hollywood. I would have given The Almost an A-, but their horrid sense of fashion knocked them down to a C- or D+.

The Used were hella cool. They had what I can only describe as the cleanest and most well-organized stage set up in Rock ‘n’ Roll history. The drums were on a wide square riser that lit up, the amps were the embodiment of perfect symmetrical aesthetic, and the stage was left pretty much bare except for a few half-stacks piled on either side of the drums. The band ended up looking tiny compared to the massive/well-organized stage, but it allowed them a lot of room to move around, which Burt McKracken did with the greatest of ease. Before The Used even walked on stage, a piano intro was played through the house PA and a quick movie was projected across an arena-sized backdrop. This set the stage for one of the greatest rock shows of this month (and I’ve been to a lot of shows this month). As the band casually strolled on stage, the backdrop changed from a movie to a giant syringe with “The Used” over it. Skipping ahead a little bit, the best thing about the backdrop was that it changed graphics digitally throughout their set. Very cool!

Jason: The following night, the Used moved up the coast to play the Warfield in San Francisco. Chicks with Guns was there as well.

Getting a late start, Drive A took the stage. They were very young, but very mature and poised for their age(s). They seemed to understand their role in this show perfectly. They were there to get the crowd woken up and moving a bit, light a fire and set the stage for The Almost and The Used. The lead singer was great in interacting with the crowd. The band got things going in the right direction. Their punk sound was a perfect lead in to the rest of the sounds of the night.

The Almost was next to hit the stage. My female friend loved them. Their music didn’t really fit their look at all. They rocked though. Their set was great until the end, at which point the lead singer killed the momentum and ended it on a poor note. The last song they played was their big ballad. The song wasn’t bad at all, but it should have been played earlier in the set. The singer followed this ballad up by preaching to the audience about God and how He loves us all.

Jim: I HATE shit like that!!!!! Flyleaf can get away with this kind of thing because their singer is pretty and talented. I’m not sure I’d want to hear football player-wannabe’s with guitars wax poetically on that type of thing at all. God and politics belong at home; shows are meant for rocking… Also, Jason, were their pants any less tight when you saw them. Once again… too much cock in the face!!!!!!

Jason: It’s hard to give a definitive answer on the cock in face issue, due to the lighting in the arena. That said, it was clearly more than any reasonable fan would expect or want from their metal show. Granted, this band is his side project to the Christian rock band he is the drummer in. Granted, he said that if you aren’t down with God, that is fine, we can all still get along, etc. That wasn’t enough. It was poorly timed. Following the ballad with this just didn’t work. If he was going to insist on preaching, he should have done it between songs earlier in their set. Not to mention that it was crucial they end their set with a big, heavy song to lead into The Used. This was a poorly conceived ending to their set. Thankfully, The Used were up next and would soon make us all forget about this.

As with the previous night, the Used began with a short film with a piano intro playing. This built the tension and energy in the building to a peak and had the crowd dying for the band to hit the stage. When they finally did, it was on! The band quickly jumped into, “Blood on my Hands” from their latest record, Artwork and knocked it out of the park. They let loose for the next hour-and-a-half and blew the roof off of the Warfield.

They played a great mix of newer and older songs in their catalog. At one point they played four consecutive older songs, including “In love and death,” without stopping between them at all. This was a kind of medley of sorts. It was fantastic. The stage show was amazing. They really utilized the lighting of the arena perfectly. The lights and darks, with shadows, half lit faces and a sense of mystery and awe all worked beautifully. This was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. They closed the set with and encore of, “On my own,” followed by one more rocking tune to end the night. Their rendition of, “On my own” was arguably the highlight of the entire night. It brought the house down and is the single moment I’ll remember most from this show.

The Used brought it big time on this night. I was blown away. I have to admit that before this show I was a fan, but not a fanatic. After this, I’ll be buying their albums and singing their praise. They won me over in a big way.

Jim: Ok… But… What was it like to hang out with the guys back stage? Were there antics, drinking, etc.? Did you score with groupies? Did you see The Almost in their underwear (I’m assuming they wore ‘whitey-tighties?’) Inquiring minds want to know!

Jason:
Well, technically, we only met Quinn and a few random venue employees back stage. However, on the way in while we were waiting out back to get in for the interview, Bert walked by as he was talking with some of his people. Brett (my photographer, who is a HUGE Used fan) took the opportunity to say hello, shake his hand and tell him what a huge impact he had made on him. A funny thing about this is that there were a couple of hundred fans out front waiting to get in. Meanwhile, Bert and his people were casually hanging out around the side of the building where the buses were, smoking and drinking like there was no care in the world. There was hardly any security there. Any fan who had walked just 20 feet or so down the street would have seen the buses and the band and been able to walk right up to them.

If only they had known how easy it would have been…

Want More of The Used?
CWG review of Artwork
CWG Review of Loss Of Desire
View all of Brett’s photos of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Dan of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Quinn of The Used

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Up close and personal with Quinn Allman of The Used

November 13, 2009


This past Wednesday night, 11/11/09, I had the privilege of seeing The Used at the Warfield in San Fransisco.

I arrived at the venue at 3:30pm for a 7:00pm show. Why did I do this? Because I had an interview scheduled with Quinn Allman, guitarist of The Used. By my side was my friend and photographer Brett Gulbrandson. I have to admit I am a fan of the band, but having a true fanatic of the band like Brett with me gave me a lot of added confidence.

We were met by their tour manager around the back of the venue. We were invited down to the green room while we waited for Quinn to finish his sound check with the band. As we waited, I was a bit nervous. Soon enough, the tour manager came back in and advised us that it would be more quiet in the dressing room. We walked down a series of hallways until we were there. Turning a corner, there was Quinn. I have talked with a lot of rock- stars, but this was the first time in this type of environment.

I sat on the couch next to Quinn and began a conversation. (see photos). He seemed nervous or agitated at first, so I tried my best to put him at ease. This seemed to happen quickly. Next thing I knew, we were breezing through a great conversation about the band, the venue, the tour and how the heck he plays the verse of, “Buried myself alive.” Quinn turned out to be extremely nice, polite and thoughtful. I was very grateful for his time and the chance to talk to him.

Listen to the entire conversation here:


20 minutes felt like five. I knew my time was running short. We got some photos with Quinn and told him what big fans we are, etc. (below is Quinn and Brett)

Within minutes, we were back out on the street with the rest of The Used fans, waiting to get into the show. The show turned out to be amazing, one of the best I’ve ever seen. Look for a review of the entire concert coming soon in the “Live and direct” section of this website.

Stay tuned for more updates on The Used, here as always, in the Continuum.

Want More of The Used?
Feature – Two Nights OF The Used
CWG review of Artwork
CWG Review of Loss Of Desire
View all of Brett’s photos of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Dan of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Quinn of The Used

The Used To Release Music Video Collection

September 24, 2009

the usedReprise Records artist, The Used, have announced the release of The Beginning: The Used Music Video Collection. The limited edition DVD contains the complete archives of The Used’s professional music videos, in chronological order. The Beginning will be available only at www.theused.net starting September 22, 2009.

The Used are out now supporting the release of their fourth studio album, Artwork, which is in stores now. After a European run they will return home to begin a nationwide headlining fall tour. The month-long run kicks off October 9th in Las Vegas, NV and runs through November 13th in Seattle, WA. The Almost and Drive A will be supporting.

Critical acclaim for the Matt Squire-produced Artwork has been effusive. Outburn (which the band currently graces the cover of) praised its “humbling ability to sound scrappy and raw while being perfectly polished and huge,” while Alternative Press states “The Used have delivered not only the definitive album of their career but arguably one of the best records you’ll hear in 2009. 4 ½ stars.”

The band’s legions of fans are responding as well. The first single, “Blood On My Hands” premiered on iTunes with over 5k downloads in the first day, the highest digital debut in the band’s history. The video for the song debuted on MySpace and shot directly to the #1 spot, with 200,00 views in the first 24 hours. The Used performed “Blood On My Hands” to a sold out crowd on Jimmy Kimmel Live September 11, 2009.

Tracklisting for The Beginning: The Used Music Video Collection:
A Box Full of Sharp Objects
The Taste of Ink
Buried Myself Alive
Take It Away
All That I’ve Got
I Caught Fire
The Bird & The Worm
Pretty Handsome Awkward
Blood On MY Hands

The Used – Artwork

September 7, 2009

Label: Reprise Records
Rating: 4 Guns

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Written By: Ben Millikan

Apparently, an intense hatred for the self sells. Not to say that the angst-ridden lines dropped by The Used frontman Bert McCracken are in any way disingenuous or feigned (anyone who goes through the sordid ordeal of losing an unborn child knows a thing or two about pain and grief), but after making three highly successful albums full of lyrical self-flagellation, Bert shows no signs of moving away from his own personal self-loathing on the band’s newest release, “Artwork.”

“This record is about coming to grips with how much you really hate yourself and knowing you can never hate yourself to the full extent, so you’re free to hate yourself as much as you want to,” says Bert. Although this is a rather despairing revelation, when Bert’s lyrics are fused with the ultra aggressive-pop sound produced by his band-mates, these grungy guys from Utah have proven that they know how to connect with their rabid fan-base.

Lyrically, Bert has mastered the craft of explaining his inadequacies and shortcomings through the power of verse. Any and every eyeliner-wearing, emo-savvy youth out there will be able to get behind lines such as, “Sold my life to bring the rain, maybe to wash me clean / Sold my soul to stop the pain, hoping you’d set me free” (“Sold My Soul”) and “Opened up my failure when you refused to go insane / I felt you get excited when I whispered all the things you love to hate” (“Come Undone”). But while fans will be able to recognize the sort of slit-your-wrists empathy conveyed in the lyrics, some purists may still be unsatisfied with the lack of ferocity and aggression in the music.

“Artwork” is a more guitar-driven album than the band’s previous release (“Lies For The Liars”), but it is still a far cry from the raw, youthful innocence of the band’s 2002 self-titled debut. “Blood On My Hands,” the first single and opening track off of Artwork, is an in-your-face, guitar laden track with a catchy intro riff and a powerful, crowd-chanting chorus––but it lacks the sort of chaotic abrasion of “The Taste Of Ink” or “Buried Myself Alive.” That being said, The Used have put forth a much more cohesive album that displays their growth and, dare I say it, maturity as a band.

“Empty With You” (which features an ambient, analog synth riff) and “Kissing You Goodbye” (a powerful ballad number featuring keys and strings) are songs where, if placed on previous albums, would feel awkward and out of place. But in the midst of “Artwork,” these toned-down tracks are not overdone from a production aspect, and actually add to what is already an album with a very diverse feel. Screamo fans, don’t worry––there is still plenty of room for head-banging on the heavy half-time beat of “The Best Of Me” and you’ll have your chance to scream your guts out during the bridge of “Meant To Die.”

The Used have successfully taken pieces from previous albums and collaborated them into a record where the emphasis is on the songs themselves, as opposed to memorable parts in songs. It may not be the album that some fans were waiting for, but it is hard to argue that “Artwork” isn’t their most complete and definitive album to date.

Like The Used? Check out: My Chemical Romance, Thursday, Scary Kids Scaring Kids

Want More of The Used?
Feature – Two Nights Of The Used
CWG review of Artwork
CWG Review of Loss Of Desire
View all of Brett’s photos of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Dan of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Quinn of The Used

"The Used" Dan Whitesides enters the Continuum

August 28, 2009


In 2007, the Used scored big with , “lies for the liars”, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard top 200. It went on to become their second straight gold record.
This Monday, August 31st, their follow up Artwork hits stores.
Drummer Dan Whitesides caught up with chicks with guns to talk Artwork, touring, Jimmy Kimmel and more.
Listen here to the podcast of our conversation and stay tuned for more, as always, here in the Continuum.


Want More of The Used?
Feature – Two Nights OF The Used
CWG review of Artwork
CWG Review of Loss Of Desire
View all of Brett’s photos of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Dan of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Quinn of The Used

The Used Announce Venues For Headlining Tour

August 27, 2009

Platinum-certified Reprise Records artists The Used have announced the venues for their nationwide headlining fall tour. The month-long run, which kicks off October 9th in Las Vegas, NV and runs through November 14th in Portland, Oregon, will support their new album, Artwork, out August 31, 2009. The Almost and Drive A will be supporting.

The Used have announced a special pre-sale for the tour. With every online ticket purchased, fans will receive exclusive new music: B-side track “Something Safe (Demo)” as well as the uncensored music video for “Blood On My Hands.” Visit http://www.theused.net/tour for information on the pre-sale and links to buy. General ticket onsale begins August 29th.

Early critical acclaim for the Matt Squire-produced Artwork has been effusive. Outburn (which the band currently graces the cover of) praised its “humbling ability to sound scrappy and raw while being perfectly polished and huge,” while Alternative Press states “The Used have delivered not only the definitive album of their career but arguably one of the best records you’ll hear in 2009. 4 ½ stars.”

The band’s legions of fans are responding as well. The first single, “Blood On My Hands” premiered on iTunes with over 5k downloads in the first day, the highest digital debut in the band’s history. The video for the song debuted on MySpace and shot directly to the #1 spot, with 200,00 views in the first 24 hours. The Used is one of MySpace’s Top 15 artists, with over 100,000 streams a day on the site.

The Used headlining tour dates are as follows:
10/9/09 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
10/10/09 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
10/11/09 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
10/13/09 – Minneapolis, MN – TBD
10/14/09 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
10/16/09 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
10/17/09 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
10/18/09 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/20/09 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
10/21/09 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
10/23/09 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
10/24/09 – Baltimore, MD – Crocodile Rock Cafe
10/25/09 – Washington, DC – Sonar
10/27/09 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
10/28/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10/30/09 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
10/31/09 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
11/01/09 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
11/03/09 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
11/05/09 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11/06/09 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
11/07/09 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
11/09/09 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/10/09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
11/11/09 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
11/13/09 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox

www.theused.net

THE USED ANNOUNCE NATIONWIDE HEADLINING TOUR

August 11, 2009

NEW ALBUM ‘ARTWORK’ OUT AUGUST 31

Platinum-certified Reprise Records artists The Used have announced a nationwide headlining fall tour. The month-long run, which kicks off October 9th in Las Vegas, NV and runs through November 14th in Portland, Oregon, will support their new album, Artwork, out August 31, 2009. The Almost and TK will be supporting.

Early critical acclaim for the Matt Squire-produced Artwork has been effusive. Outburn (which the band currently graces the cover of) praised its “humbling ability to sound scrappy and raw while being perfectly polished and huge,” while Alternative Press states “The Used have delivered not only the definitive album of their career but arguably one of the best records you’ll hear in 2009. 4 ½ stars.”

The Used’s legions of fans are responding as well. The first single, “Blood On My Hands” premiered on iTunes with over 5k downloads in the first day, the highest digital debut in the band’s history. The video for the song debuted on MySpace and shot directly to the #1 spot, with 200,00 views in the first 24 hours. The band is one of MySpace’s Top 15 artists, with over 100,000 streams a day on the site. The second track to premiere on iTunes will be “Born To Quit.” It will be released on August 11th.

The Used headlining tour dates are as follows. Venue and pre-sale information will be announced soon.

10/9/09 – Las Vegas, NV
10/10/09 – Salt Lake City, UT
10/11/09 – Denver, CO
10/13/09 – Minneapolis, MN
10/14/09 – Kansas City, MO
10/16/09 – Chicago, IL
10/17/09 – Detroit, MI
10/18/09 – St. Louis, MO
10/20/09 – Toronto, ON
10/21/09 – Montreal, QC
10/23/09 – Boston, MA
10/24/09 – Baltimore, MD
10/25/09 – Washington, DC
10/27/09 – New York, NY
10/28/09 – Philadelphia, PA
10/30/09 – Myrtle Beach, SC
10/31/09 – Orlando, FL
11/01/09 – Atlanta, GA
11/03/09 – New Orleans, LA
11/05/09 – Dallas, TX
11/06/09 – Houston, TX
11/07/09 – Austin, TX
11/09/09 – Phoenix, AZ
11/10/09 – Los Angeles, CA
11/11/09 – San Francisco, CA
11/13/09 – Seattle, WA
11/14/09 – Portland, OR

The Used Premiere New Video On MySpace Today

July 30, 2009

Watch the video for “Blood On My Hands” on TheUsed.net

The Used have announced the video premiere of their new song “Blood On My Hands.” The special Band Cut will debut today exclusively on MySpace. “Blood On My Hands” is the first single off the Orem, Utah band’s new album Artwork, which will be released on Reprise Records on September 1, 2009.

The video, directed by Lisa Mann, was shot at Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, and is centered on the narrative of front man Bert McCracken’s obsession with a serial killer in a small town. Intercut with performance, the twisting narrative follows Bert’s increasing rage as he tracks the killer…or maybe a victim…and the line between hunter and hunted becomes blurred.

Starting today, MySpace and TheUsed.net will be exclusively streaming the Band Cut of the “Blood On My Hands” video, which features extra scenes and is unwavering in its intensity. The song itself, which guitarist Quinn Allman describes as the song that “sums up everything about The Used,” is confined chaos, brutally thrashing one moment and proffering a pop-driven, sing-along chorus the next. It premiered on iTunes June 30th and sold over 5k downloads in the first day and over 12k in the first week, the highest digital debut ever for the band.

The Used Special Edition Preorder Starts Today

July 22, 2009

The Used have announced a limited-edition preorder of their new album Artwork. The exclusive package, of which only 3000 were made, will be available starting today, July 21, 2009 exclusively on www.theused.net. Artwork will be released on Reprise Records on September 1, 2009.

The CD/DVD package contains the full Artwork album, a DVD with behind the scenes footage, a 20-page expanded booklet, an exclusive Artwork t-shirt and a limited edition signed 18×24 band poster. It also includes two never before heard exclusive b-sides: “In A Needle” and “On the Cross (Save Yourself Mix).” The tracks will be digitally delivered on August 25th.

Produced by Matt Squire, Artwork is a raw collection of eleven songs that not so delicately teeter the line between being aggressively discordant and charmingly hooky. “This record is more sincere,” guitarist Quinn Allman says. “It’s got a sound more reminiscent of the first record. Lyrically, it completely engulfs you and makes you feel safe but it’s all about feeling alone and empty and knowing there’s always a light. If you’re frustrated that much it means you care that much. The music isn’t showing off. It’s just being what it is. I think the fans will appreciate all that.”

The Used Artwork limited edition preorder package can be purchased for $34.99 here.

THE USED TO RELEASE BRAND-NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘ARTWORK’, ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 ON REPRISE RECORDS

July 8, 2009

FIRST SINGLE “BLOOD ON MY HANDS” HITS RADIO ON JULY 14th

Orem, Utah’s The Used, who have been tantalizing fans by previewing new songs during the Bamboozle and Bamboozle Left Festivals and during recent headlining dates, are proud to announce the release of their fourth studio album, entitled Artwork, on September 1, 2009. Starting July 21st a deluxe pre-order package of the release will be available only at theused.net.

Produced by Matt Squire, Artwork is a raw collection of eleven songs that not so delicately teeter the line between being aggressively discordant and charmingly hooky. The first single, “Blood On My Hands” premiered June 30th; it sold over five thousand copies in the first day and shot to #9 on the iTunes Alternative Chart. The track, which guitarist Quinn Allman describes as the song that “sums up everything about The Used” hits radio July 14th.

“Blood On My Hands” is confined chaos, brutally thrashing one moment and proffering a pop-driven, sing-along chorus the next. “Empty With You,” a track frontman Bert McCracken says is “about feeling empty and lonely but as long as you have someone who can feel lonely with you then everything’s okay,” surges with passion and gripping honesty, while “Kissing You Goodbye” balances the album’s predilection for propulsive rage with its quieter, piano-driven exploration of what it means to have someone to lean on.

“This record is more sincere,” Allman says. “It’s got a sound more reminiscent of the first record. Lyrically, it completely engulfs you and makes you feel safe but it’s all about feeling alone and empty and knowing there’s always a light. If you’re frustrated that much it means you care that much. The lyrics carry you through the record and you’re right with Bert and where he’s at. The music isn’t showing off. It’s just being what it is. I think the fans will appreciate all that.”
“This record is about coming together,” McCracken adds. “Whether it’s through positivity or negativity, it’s about coming together through anything.”

Artwork encapsulates the past eight years of this hard-touring band, which has made the rounds of Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution, Give It a Name, Reading, Leeds, and Taste of Chaos. The Used have sold more than two million albums in the U.S. Their previous release, 2007’s Lies For the Liars, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200.