Hold on to your seatbelt kids, because we have a brand new album from The Used heading our way very soon!
On Friday (Feb. 7), the Utah-founded band unveiled plans to unleash their eighth studio album in late April. Titled Heartwork, the new set of tunes is due out April 24 through super-producer John Feldmann’s Big Noise Music Group record label. Pre-orders and pre-save options are now available here.
In a message to fans, the group reveals that the new album will be a mix of their first three records (The Used, In Love and Death, and Lies for the Liars).
“The new album plays on the emotions, the sincerity, and the vulnerability of the first record [The Used] and In Love and Death, with a little bit of the flair from Lies for the Liars. We can’t wait for you to hear it.”
If Heartwork really is the love child of The Used, In Love and Death, and Lies for the Liars, then we can’t wait until April.
The upcoming album will not only include 16 new tracks but several guests such as Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler on “Blow Me,” Travis Barker on “Obvious Blasé,” Mark Hoppus on “The Lighthouse,” and Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo on “The Lottery.”
To coincide with the new album news, The Used have treated fans to the first single (second if we’re counting “Blow Me” as an official single) from the pending release. The new song is titled “Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton,” and yes, it is inspired by the 17th-century poem.
“I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost,” vocalist Bert McCracken writes to fans.
“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?”
Watch the music video for the new song above.
Heartwork is the follow-up to 2017’s The Canyon.
The Used is currently in the middle of their intimate venue tour. Tonight, they will take over the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore.
The outing concludes on Feb. 22 at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix. The list of remaining tour dates can be found here.
Because the emo scene is having a resurgence in a big way, McCracken recently teased that The Used COULD be touring with My Chemical Romance during their upcoming reunion tour.
Considering there was no love lost between the bands over the last decade or so (there was a massive fallout that not even the fans were privy to), it would be cool to see McCracken and My Chem perform “You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us In Prison” or their cover of “Under Pressure.”
Only time will tell.
“Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton”
“Blow Me” (feat. Jason Aalon Butler)
“BIG, WANNA BE”
“Wow, I Hate This Song”
“1984 (Infinite Jest)”
“Clean Cut Heals”
“The Lighthouse” (feat. Mark Hoppus)
“Obvious Blasé” (feat. Travis Barker)
“The Lottery” (feat. Caleb Shomo)
“Darkness Bleeds, FOTF”
“To Feel Something”