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The Used – Powerful Alternative Rock Music

The Used – Powerful Alternative Rock Music

I have to start out here by saying that I have seen these guys live and they are every bit as powerful as I had heard they were. Now onto the bio…

In early 2000, three friends from a small town in Orem, Utah formed a band. Founder Branden Steineckert (drums) joined forces with Quinn Allman (lead guitar) and Jeph Howard. This was the basis of the formation of The Used, but they were missing a singer. Tryouts were held in Branden’s bedroom but produced nothing.

With music written for several songs, they had no lyrics. After the dismal vocal tryouts, Allman asked Bert McCracken if he was interested in joining. He took some music that they had written and put lyrics to it for what would eventually be “Maybe Memories.” He recorded that first demo with the band and hasn’t looked back since.

The band took its name from their friends and family saying that they felt “used” when the foursome spent more time as a band. It was discovered that the name “Used” was already trademarked, so they added “The” to it. Hence “The Used” was born of necessity.

As a band, they continued to write and recorded an EP in Branden’s basement. The EP was unnamed and fans of their music called it “Demos from the Basement.” From this EP, a track called “A Box Full of Sharp Objects” was heard by John Feldmann of Goldfinger. He took them out of Utah for the first time ever and was instrumental in their signing with Reprise Records later that year.

The release of their debut studio album came in 2002 with “The Used” containing 4 singles including “A Box Full of Sharp Objects,” “The Taste of Ink” and two others. Three of the singles charted and the album is certified gold. After a long line of tours with Van’s Warped Tour, Ozzfest and Projekt Revolution, the band released a combo CD/DVD called Maybe Memories.

Tragedy struck McCracken in 2004 when his ex-girlfriend (who happened to be pregnant with a baby they had conceived together) met a tragic death as a result of a drug overdose. While dealing with the grief and depression of that tragic event, the Used’s second studio release was “In Love and Death.” A track “Hard to Say” referred to her in memoriam. The album birthed three singles, one of which earned The Used a MuchMusic Award nomination. This album, also, was certified gold.

Steineckert left the band in 2006 and was replaced by Dan Whitesides on percussion. Branden is now the drummer for pink group Rancid. The parting was on good terms, though, as is not usually the case with band s that split.

Over the next couple of years, The Used released a live CD/DVD package “Berth” (February 2007), “Lies for the Liars” (May 2007) and “Shallow Believer” in February 2008. “Berth” certified gold and “Lies” (May 2007) charted in the top 5 in 7 countries while “Shallow Believer” was only released electronically and charted at number 13 on iTunes top 100 albums.

Presently, The Used is working on their newest piece of musical art that is due to be released for consumption late (August) 2009. The first single will aired on rock stations on June 30, 2009. This album has been in the works for quite some time as the band has extensively toured and played live shows at every opportunity. The new CD is titled “Artwork” and is being produced by Panic at the Disco’s own Matt Squire.

It’s almost a sure bet that this album, too, will certify gold.