This has been quite the week for new music, with new releases coming from Chevelle, Steel Panther, Lacuna Coil, another excellent new release dropped on Tuesday from The Used! The new album is the band's sixth studio full-length album and is entitled "Imaginary Enemy".
Lead singer Bert McCracken and guitarist Quinn Allman have shared a unique friendship and songwriting chemistry over the band's decade+ career. As one of the staple acts of the alt-rock/post-hardcore/screamo movement, the band quite literally exploded out of nowhere from Orem, Utah! While they did part ways with original drummer Brandon Steineckert (who now drums with Rancid) in 2006, the band has remained its core of founding members and continue to write their signature brand of rock to legions of devoted fans.
This new album is no exception to the band's quality and diverse discography and has many critics raving that it may be their finest work to date! The band released their first self-titled LP back in 2002, which was produced by legendary producer John Feldmann (who has also worked with Story of the Year, Atreyu, Panic! at the Disco, and more). The band has worked with Feldmann on a good majority of their subsequent albums. "Imaginary Enemy" saw the band yet again working with Feldmann.
Interestingly enough, the album was recorded in a more 'unconventional' fashion, with the vocals being created and recorded first, then having music written to the vocals. Bassist Jeph Howard elaborates in an interview.
Bert McCracken had already formed a successful record label with Anger Music Group, and in 2014 was able to launch GAS Union - the label which will be releasing The Used's newest studio effort. This label is described as 'revolutionary' because it "is planned to be the first ever free music label where the musicians obtain all the money from the music they create and the people that don't have anything to do with the creation of music or production of music get filtered out".
This release parallels a co-headlining tour that the band is playing with fellow rockers Taking Back Sunday. The tour is making its way across the continental United States and will be wrapping up at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL. Also sharing the stage with the two legendary early-2000s acts, will be the Australian-based "Tonight Alive" and "Sleepwave" - the new band of former Underoath singer Spencer Chamberlain.
For all tour info, and for the killer new lead single get over to The Used's website right now!!!
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