Formed in 2001, The Used is an emo-rock band from Orem, Utah. Similar acts include Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, and New Found Glory. Their sound resembles the post-grunge metal style that developed in the early 2000s.
Original members, Branden Steineckert, Quinn Allman, and Jeph Howard started the act and recruited Bert McCracken to audition. The vocalist liked their music and began writing lyrics for the group. Soon, the band began playing local shows and developed their name, The Used. Coming from drugs and poverty, the group felt “used” and distant from family, leading them to the name. Musician, John Feldman heard the group and decided to fly them to Los Angeles, California. The Used struggled to find a label in the beginning, but after a few months of touring, they began to receive offers. In 2001, The Used signed with Reprise Records and began work on their first project.
One year later, they dropped their self-titled debut album and gained mainstream success. Their cult following grew as they released each single from the record. The Used featured four songs, three of which entered the billboard charts. “The Taste of Ink” scored with fans and received an abundant amount of radio time. The group followed the release, touring on the Warped Tour and Ozzfest. While on the road, McCracken met Kelly Osborne and began dating gaining the band more attention. In 2003, the group returned to the studio to release the CD/DVD combo, Maybe Memories. The package contained rare and live footage that didn’t make the previous album. It also featured live video performances of the band on tour.
In 2004, The Used dropped their second album, In Love and Death. The record referenced McCracken’s ex-girlfriend that died of an overdose while pregnant with child. It gained critical acclaim and modest mainstream success. The hit single “Caught Fire” did the best continuing the group’s popularity. In 2005, they collaborated with My Chemical Romance on the David Bowie cover, “Under Pressure.” The following year drummer Dan Whitesides replaced Branden Steineckert due to personality differences. In 2007, they released a live double-album titled, Berth. It contained live music and shows from Vancouver and various tours. The footage also featured a band biography with running commentary. The Used followed the release with the Taste of Chaos Tour and an International tour. In 2008, they dropped their EP, Shallow Believer and began work on their fourth album.
Although the band showed excitement for Artwork, the record became a modest success. “Blood on My Hands” became their most popular song from reaching a modest ranking on billboard charts. The Used followed by touring throughout the 2009 year. Their stops included a performance at Little Rock, Arkansas with supporting act Afternoon Delight.
From 2010 to 2012, the group created their own label and recorded their new album, Vulnerable. The record received modest success and the band followed headlining the Vans Warped Tour. The next year they released their EP, The Ocean of the Sky. The Used announced in 2014, their newest album Imaginary Enemy would release soon.
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