|After months of anticipation and teasing with fans, The Used have ofﬁcially announced they will be releasing their 8th full-length studio album, ‘Heartwork’, on April 24th via Big Noise.|
In addition to today’s announcement, The Used have released the second single from the forthcoming album, “Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton.” The song and accompanying video are larger than life and carry emotions and imagery so unique to The Used throughout while tying in inﬂuences from one of frontman Bert McCracken’s favourite authors.
“I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost,” shares McCracken. “I really dug deep into the poem and its author, John Milton. As I was reading a lot of his political essays I realized that a lot of what ’Satan’ says in Paradise Lost are quotes directly from John Milton’s own mouth. A lot of people thought he was the devil back then. He had a huge problem with the show of opulence from the Church. He thought it was disgusting. His poem is about the failed revolution against the Church of England, which is Satan’s failed revolution on earth. And what’s more incredible or exciting than a failed revolution?”
‘Heartwork’ marks the return of John Feldmann to The Used family as he is producing the album and also the head of A&R at Big Noise. “I couldn’t be more honoured or grateful to have one of my favourite bands of all time at my record label! They are one of the most inﬂuential bands of the last 20 years and we are making a career-deﬁning album at the minute,” shares Feldmann. “They are one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen and Bert is quite possibly the best singer I’ve ever worked with. This has been a dream of mine since I met them in 2001.”
Feldmann signed The Used to Reprise Records in January 2002, one short year after the band formed in Orem, Utah. He also produced some of the band’s most monumental albums including their self-titled debut, ‘Maybe Memories‘, ‘In Love and Death‘, ‘Lies for the Liars‘, ‘Vulnerable‘ and ‘Imaginary Enemy‘.
On ‘Heartwork’, McCracken shares “The new album plays on the emotions, the sincerity, and the vulnerability of the ﬁrst record and In Love and Death, with a little bit of the ﬂair from Lies for the Liars.“”Standing in the streaming circle pit with Kesha and Halsey, the album is just as modern sounding. John Feldmann’s production is that professional. It sounds really good. Those are two really random examples, but I think if you listen to both of those records, the songs are all over the place: dance, pop, actual punk rock riffs and drums. I think music is so all over the place right now that The Used ﬁts in perfectly.”Twenty years ago, The Used was brought to life and have since released a collection of albums that shaped the space of the alternative rock scene. High energy live shows, gut wrenching relatable lyrics, and melodies that blended pop sensibility and hard rock was the perfect combination to make an everlasting impression on fans globally. The Used is Bert McCracken (Vocals), Jeph Howard (Bass), Dan Whitesides (Drums) and Joey Bradford (Guitar).