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The Used Bring Terrific New Album to Terminal 5 on Wednesday Night

November 6th, 2017

Hailing from Orem, Utah, the Used have been doing a unique, noisy take on post-punk (think: the Venn diagram overlap of emo, post-hardcore, heavy metal and screamo) since forming in 2001. The band—original members Bert McCracken (vocals and piano) and Jeph Howard (bass and vocals) with Dan Whitesides (drums and vocals) and Justin Shekoski (guitar and vocals)—has been busy ever since, relentlessly touring while still finding time to put out a host of singles alongside five EPs, two live albums and seven full-lengths, including the more mature, 17-track The Canyon (stream it below), released just before Halloween to much praise. While writing the album, one of McCracken’s good friends took his own life, which looms large over the LP. “There’s a huge amount of sadness and death within The Canyon, but the music brims with life,” says Drowned in Sound. “Once content to artlessly bludgeon their way through existence, the Used now stand proud as a complex, insightful collective that demands to be heard. With no warning whatsoever, this is an incredibly thoughtful, articulate modern rock record that stands toe-to-toe with anything released this year.” And AllMusic agreed: “Drawing dichotomous inspiration from happy childhood memories and the devastation following a friend’s suicide, the Used explore mortality and the big picture on The Canyon, their seventh and most ambitious effort to date…. For a band that has evolved from screamo to such thoughtful artistry, The Canyon is a stunning offering.” Making their way down the East Coast, the Used (above, doing “The Bird and the Worm”) play Terminal 5 on Wednesday night. Long Island progressive-hardcore outfit Glassjaw open the show.