The Used Biography
The Alternative-Rock act The Used was formed in Orem, Utah USA, in 2000 with members Bert McCracken on vocals, Quinn Allman on guitar, Jeph Howard on bass and Branden Steineckert on drums; the band's faith in music ultimately provided an escape from their sleepy hometown, as well as an escape from a combined band history that included poverty, homelessness and for McCracken, drug addiction.
The foursome, recorded a demo which landed them a contract with Reprise
Records, who issued their self-titled debut full-length disc; prior to
the release of that album in June 2002, the band had only performed twenty
shows in and around Orem.
Since then, they've logged a superhuman 600 dates around the world, including successful stints on Ozzfest and Vans Warped Tour. The Used is a completely different band than the one that recorded its debut, their first CD has since sold in excess of a million copies reaching the #63 position on The Billboard Top 200 while the first single, "The Taste Of Ink", hit the top 20 of The Modern Rock chart; "Buried Myself Alive" followed at #13 late that winter and the final single, "Blue And Yellow", reached the #23 spot on the same chart during 2003.
The Utah-based quartet returned in September of 2004 with their second effort, "In Love And Death", which soared to #6 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart and debuted at #4 in Canada; the first single off the CD, "Take It Away", reached the #13 slot on The Modern Rock Tracks and its follow-up, "All That I've Got", hit #19.
The line-up remained unchanged until September 2006 when Steineckert
was kicked out of the band, he eventually joined Rancid.
Later in the year, it was announced that drummer Dan Whitesides has filled
the vacant position.
The Used released its third album, "Lies For The Liars", in May 2007; the 11-song set rocketed straight to #5 on The Billboard 200 and to #7 on the Top Canadian Albums charts generating the Hot Modern Rock top 10 hit "The Bird And The Worm"; a second single, "Pretty Handsome Awkward", reached #37 in the fall.
The next record, "Artwork", arrived in September 2009 hitting the top 10 in both U.S. and Canadian charts. The main single from the album, "Blood On My Hands", reached the #27 position on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks.
In March 2012 The Used released a new album, "Vulnerable", on their own label Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records. The first single, "I Come Alive", debuted in the top 30 of The Alternative Songs chart and the full-length record hit #1 on the Top Independent Albums chart and #8 on the all-genre Billboard 200 list.
The first single off The Used's new album, "Imaginary Enemy", is called "Cry"; the 11-song set will be out April 1, 2014.