Listen Now: The Used drops new single ‘Rise Up Lights’

With a couple of days left before the release of their upcoming new album, The Used has released another new tune from it. On Monday (Oct. 23), the Utah-founded band unleashed a second song from their impending seventh studio album, The Canyon. The new song is titled “Rise Up Lights” and fans of the band will be happy to hear how the new song sounds a lot louder and harder than their previous release. Listen to “Rise Up Lights” above.

“Rise Up Lights” will join lead single “Over and Over Again” on The Canyon. The Canyon is set to be released this Friday, Oct. 27 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website here where the group is offering a slew of pre-order options.

In support of The Canyon, The Used is set to hit the North American touring circuit with Glassjaw at the end of the week. The upcoming tour will kick off this Friday (on The Canyon‘s release date) at The Masonic in San Francisco and wrap up a month later on Nov. 29 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle. The complete list of tour stops can be seen here.

The Canyon is the follow-up to The Used’s 2014 release, Imaginary Enemy.

The Used announces release of ‘The Canyon’

Last month, The Used announced plans to hit the road in the fall and now fans have gotten the reason behind the upcoming excursion. On Thursday (Sept. 7), the Utah-founded band announced plans to release their seventh studio album in the fall. The new record will be titled The Canyon and is set to hit stores on Oct. 27. The upcoming album will be released through Hopeless Records. According to press statement from the band, the new album is the “rawest, unadulterated and personal piece of art the band has ever released.” The band statement also explains that the 17-track album was recorded live to tape so that it would sound like the group was “on stage, without a backing track” resulting in a sound that was “unique and unlike anything the band has done before.”

Pre-orders for The Canyon are currently available here. The band is currently offering a slew of pre-order bundles that range the basic album to a mega bundle that includes a vinyl version of the album, a CD version of the record, and a digital download version of the album as well as a the record’s companion hardcover book, an enamel pin, a t-shirt, and a long-sleeve shirt.

In addition to confirming the title and release date for the upcoming album as well as unveiling the full track listing, The Used has also unleashed the music video for the record’s lead single, “Over and Over Again.” The over-five-minute clip begins with two people dressed up in skintight, white body suits tending to a mannequin laying in a bed. The “nurses” begin to take care of the mannequin which transforms into The Used’s frontman, Bert McCracken. Throughout the clip, the viewer is treated to medley of shots that include McCracken dancing with a headless body dressed in a blazer, the band having a very Alice in Wonderland-esque last supper, and a pair of interpretive dancers dancing their way throughout the clip. Watch the bizarre music video for “Over and Over Again” above.

In support of The Canyon‘s October release, The Used will hit the road in late-October throughout November alongside the Daryl Palumbo-led Glassjaw. The tour will kick off on Oct. 27 at The Masonic in San Francisco and wrap up a month later on Nov. 29 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle. The complete list of tour stops can be seen here while the full track list for The Canyon can be seen below.

The Canyon is the follow-up to The Used’s last studio album, 2014’s Imaginary Enemy. Before embarking on their 15-year anniversary tour in 2016, the band released their live album, Live & Acoustic at the Palace which was recorded live at The Palace in Los Angeles.

THE CANYON TRACK LIST:

1. “For You”
2. “Cold War Telescreen”
3. “Broken Windows”
4. “Rise Up Lights”
5. “Vertigo Cave”
6. “Pretty Picture”
7. “Funeral Post”
8. “Upper Falls”
9. “The Divine Absence (This is Water)”
10. “Selfies in Aleppo”
11. “Moving the Mountain (Odysseus Surrenders)”
12. “Over and Over Again”
13. “The Quiet War”
14. “Moon-Dream”
15. “The Nexus’
16. “About You (No Songs Left to Sing)”
17. “The Mouth of the Canyon”

The Used announces fall tour with Glassjaw

After a much-needed break from touring, The Used has announced plans to hit the road once again later this year. On Monday (Aug. 21), the Utah-founded band unveiled plans to hit the touring circuit later this fall for a month-long trek across the country. The upcoming tour will kick off on Oct. 27 at The Masonic in San Francisco and wrap up a month later on Nov. 29 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

Pre-sale tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning this Tuesday, Aug. 22 while general public ticket sales will begin on Friday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. local time. The group will be offering both regular tickets and VIP packages for the upcoming excursion.

Joining The Used on the bill will be Glassjaw. The Daryl Palumbo-led band recently hit the road with Coheed and Cambria for their ‘The Color Before the Sun’ tour and even teased the possibility of a new album. So far, no other comments have been made about the group’s new music.

As for The Used, the group spent most of the past year touring around the world with stops in Europe, North America, and Australia to celebrate their 15-year anniversary of a being a band. To celebrate the momentous occasion, they played two-night engagements at each tour stop. During the first day, they performed their self-titled debut and on the second night performed their break-through sophomore album, In Love and Death.

The Used’s last studio album was 2014’s Imaginary Enemy while they released their live album, Live & Acoustic at the Palace just in time for their 15-year anniversary tour. While the band has been hush about new music, they did post on social media that they would be releasing a new song on Monday. For now, all fans can do is wait and check out the list of upcoming tour dates, which can be seen below.

THE USED FALL 2017 TOUR DATES:

10/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
10/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
10/30 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
10/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
11/2 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
11/3 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/5 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
11/7 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/8 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
11/12 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
11/14 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
11/15 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ The Vibes Event Center
11/18 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
11/19 – Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
11/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
11/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
11/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/28 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
11/29 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

The Used Part Ways with Longtime Guitarist

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Back in February, The Used announced that longtime guitarist, Quinn Allman would be taking a yearlong break from the band. At the time, it was just a break and fans were led to believe that Allman would return to the group once his break was over. During that time, they had enlisted help from Saosin guitarist, Justin Shekoski, to fill in the vacancy.

On Thursday (Nov. 19), The Used officially announced Allman was no longer in the band and that Shekoski will be filling in the vacancy. Taking to Facebook, the band wrote that they thank the guitarist for all the “beautiful memories” and that it was all a result of “mutual understanding.” The Used’s complete statement about the departure can be seen below.

“Nothing can ever change, or detract from the magic of the relationships that helped create the music that is The Used. For these beautiful memories, we will be forever grateful. As a result of mutual understanding, Quinn will not be returning to the band and Justin Shekoski will be taking his place. The journey so far has been amazing and we continue to feel very positive about what lies ahead in the future. As always, can’t wait to see you on the road!”

As of now, only frontman Bert McCracken and bassist Jeph Howard remain as the only founding members of the Utah band. In a happy twist, the band revealed earlier this week that they will be hitting the road in 2016 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the group’s formation. During the tour, they will before two-night events in each city where during the first night they will play their self-titled debut album and on the second night they’ll play their sophomore album, In Love and Death.

The Used Announce Two-Night Shows for Upcoming Anniversary Tour

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If you’re a big fan of The Used (like we are here), then the band’s recently released news is going to make your teenage heart skip a beat. Taking to social media on Tuesday morning (Nov. 17), the Utah-based band announced that in honor of the 15th anniversary of their formation, they will be hitting the road. But this tour is not going to be like any other “anniversary tour.”

The band unveiled that instead of spending one night in one city trying to create a set list that features as much of their discography as they can, they will just make it a two-night event. On the first night, they will perform their debut, self-titled record in full. Then, on the second night, they perform their sophomore album, In Love and Death, in full.

In addition to the tour which will begin on April 5, 2015 at the Showbox in Seattle, WA, the band will also be releasing a CD/DVD titled The Used: Live & Acoustic at the Palace. Pre-orders for the acoustic CD/DVD are currently available on the band’s website. The album is set to be released on April 1, 2016, but those who order tickets for the tour will get a copy.

Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will go on sale beginning today at 2 pm local time. General ticket sales will begin this Friday, Nov. 20 at 10 am local time.  The official posters for both the North American leg of the tour and the European leg can be seen below.

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Taste of Chaos Tour Resurrected

Ladies and gentle-dudes who grew up in the mid-00s, Taste of Chaos is back!

For anyone who grew up during the era of “emo bands,” Taste of Chaos, the sister traveling festival to Warped Tour, was definitely something you wanted to go to. Unlike Warped Tour, TOC concentrated on heavier bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, and many more.

In 2010, fans of the festival were given the saddening news that it would no longer exist, at least in the United States.

Fast forward five years, and now it has been resurrected from the festival funeral home.

Founder Kevin Lyman had been hinting at a resurrection over the past few weeks, but did not confirm whether the festival would return or if he was just being a troll.

Surprise, it’s back, but with some changes.

Instead of traveling across the country like it had done in the past, Taste of Chaos will stay stationed at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA.

But if its return is not enough to get those dark hearts of yours beating, then the newly announced line-up will do the trick.

Newly reunited Thrice, Jimmy Eat World, The Used, Saves the Day, The All-American Rejects, Dashboard Confessional and more are all slated to hit the stage on Oct. 3.

While the line-up may not be completely heavy, like the past incarnations, it’s nice to see that some veteran TOC bands (Thrice, The Used, Story of the Year) will be featured on the line-up.

Check out the complete line-up below.

TASTE OF CHAOS 2015 LINE-UP:

Jimmy Eat World
The Used
Dashboard Confessional
The All-American Rejects
Glassjaw
Thrice
Saves The Day
The Movielife
Story Of The Year
Finch
Mark Hoppus (DJ set)
Greek Fire
Adair

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Tickets for Taste of Chaos are scheduled to go on sale beginning Monday (June 22) on their official website which has yet to formally launch. Tickets start at $25 and for those are into camping, the festival will be offering accommodations for that.

Chevelle Update Fans on Friday Night Tragedy

It’s been several days since tragedy occurred during a Chevelle show in Chicago and now the band have formally released a statement about the incident.

For those not familiar with the horrific incident, this past Friday (May 22), Chevelle were playing at the Aragon Ballroom in their hometown when a 24-year-old man fell from a catwalk and was impaled through the chest upon landing.

At the time, the band had posted a message of Facebook hoping they would have a speedy recovery, even though their set had been cut short, much to the displeasure of a several naysayers in the crowd.

Today, the band posted a second post on Facebook addressing the incident that happened. Read their full post below.

“To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.

We were asked by the police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined, the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate. We want to thank our Chicago fans for their respect of the authorities and for understanding that these decisions made by the authorities were out of our control. We love our fans in Chicago and while there was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event, we will be sure to play for you all again as soon as possible.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chevelle fan Kyle Kirchoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

S.P.D.”

After the fall, first responders quickly attended to Kirchoff rushing him to Weiss Memorial Hospital where 30 minutes after his arrival he was pronounced dead.

At the time of the original story, officials were still investigating what happened and police had said that foul play was not being suggested.

Man Dies During Chevelle Show

Over the weekend, a 24-year-old man lost his life during a Chevelle concert.

The band was in the middle of their set Friday night (May 22) at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom when Kyle Kirchoff, from Hanover Park, fell from a restricted catwalk and was impaled in his chest upon landing.

The band’s set was cut short as first responders made their way to the injured. He was taken Weiss Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Chevelle quickly took to their Facebook page to explain what led to them having to shorten the set and wished the injured a speedy recovering. We’re assuming it was posted before Kirchoff was officially pronounced dead at the hospital.

The show was not only the band’s final co-headlining tour date with The Used and Marmozets, but it was also their hometown show; Chevelle are from Grayslake, a suburb of Chicago.

While there has been no official cause of death, police are currently investigating the incident though it appears foul play is not being suggested.

The Used Announce Co-Headliner for Upcoming Tour

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The Used may have been down a member this time last week, but the band didn’t let that stop them with their full schedule of touring.

Today, the four-piece announced they will be heading out on another tour immediately after their tour with Every Time I Die wraps on May 2. Opening acts, Marmozet will be sticking around for the second tour.

One of the biggest surprises come is the announcement that it will be a co-headlining tour with Chevelle. Funny enough, both bands released their last album last April; The Used released their sixth album, Imaginary Enemy while Chevelle released their seventh album, La Gárgola last April.

The Used/Chevelle co-headlining tour will begin on May 4 in Birmingham, AL at Iron City and wrap up on May 22 in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom. Pre-sales will begin today at 2 p.m. local time while general ticket sales will be available on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., local time.

Check out the tour dates below.

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Recently, the Utah based band revealed that their longtime guitarist Quinn Allman has decided to take a year-long break from the band. Taking his vacant spot during upcoming shows and appearances will be Saosin guitarist, Justin Shekoski.

Saosin Guitarist Updates Fans After New Gig Announcement

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Earlier this week, the Used announced longtime guitarist Quinn Allman would be leaving the band for a year and they had already found the perfect person to replace him; Saosin’s Justin Shekoski.

Had it been last year, fans of the hardcore band wouldn’t have worried much, but since the band, now featuring original vocalist Anthony Green, announced they would be working on new music, this new engagement has quickly become an issue.

Taking to the internet yesterday, Shekoski wrote to fans, reassuring them that even with his new gig with The Used, Saosin would continue to “write new music and work [ing] towards a great future” like the band has promised.

Read Shekoski’s full message below where he tells fans that luckily Circa Survive and The Used’s tour schedules run parallel making it easier to get some Saosin things done.

Hello Everyone,

Just played the first show with The Used. Wait, let me start over. Lots has happened. It’s been an exciting month to say the least. After a week of rehearsal, a quick (and extremely fun) Saosin tour and a long flight, I have arrived in the UK….with a new band.

As you may or may not have heard, I have been asked to join forces with The Used to play some great music and be a part of their incredible family. I’m extremely humbled by the opportunity to play alongside not only such great musicians but such excellent people. They have all been beyond welcoming.

The first show was tonight and was an absolute blast, to say the least. I can’t wait to play more shows and do what I love to do most, play music.

I also wanted to say, as far as Saosin goes, nothing’s changing. We will still be writing new music and working towards a great future. Saosin is a group of brothers that all have different things, projects and schedules going on. This will just be one more schedule to work around. Luckily, quite a bit of The Used schedule is parallel with Circa Survive. So possibly, you can see Anthony play with Circa Survive and me with The Used in the same month. I hope to see a lot of you!

Thank you for all of the support so far, I can’t wait to see all of my old friends and meet tons of new ones on the road very soon.

See you in the not so distant future,

Love,

Justin Shekoski

Early this year, Saosin reunited for a four-day tour where at one of the stops the band revealed that new music was on the horizon for them. They’ve come a long way since their reunion with Green at Skate and Surf Fest last Spring.