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Mynila Meets Rock Icons The Used

Mynila Meets Rock Icons The Used

Fosca Donati February 13, 2020 Music & Culture

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 the 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 front man Bert McCracken’s favorite 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?”

The band has spent the last couple of weeks on tour, performing previously released single “Blow Me (Feat. Jason Aalon Butler)” live. It is frenetic and explosive while showcasing the undeniable vocals of front man Bert McCracken and has absolutely taken these small rooms by storm.

Nearly 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).

Have you ever wondered what The Used listen to? Jeph Howard took over our Spotify playlist Mynila: SOUNDS. Listen to his All Time Favourites and read our interview below:

With your first album you were the pioneers of a new music era: what was happening back then in the music scene and what do you see happening now? How do you see the band’s influence in the contemporary music context?

We all grew up in small towns with very small but different music scenes. Hardcore bands playing with metal and ska bands. No rules. Also bands were bands, now I’m seeing a lot more of one person in the band being “the band” and controlling everything. I prefer the mix of different influences and ingredients. 

What is your worst memory of touring all these years?

I don’t have many bad memories, we’ve been through a lot over the past 20 years of touring. Lots of ups and downs, but we needed to overcome the bad parts in order to rise above and get to where we are now.  

What are you currently listening to? What is the latest album you (or the band, if you know) have bought?

Our new record on repeat, just wait, super excited!  Also been jamming Sampa The Great’s new record as well as some old Gregory Isaacs. 

Who are your all time favourite artists?

Ebo Taylor, Cave In – (until your heart stops), Lauren Hill, Al Green, Gregory Isaacs, Fela Kuti, Ojos de Brujo, Lovage, Faith No More, Secret Chiefs 3. 

Are there any emerging bands that reminds you of  The Used at the beginning of your career and that you strongly support?

Not really, but that’s only because our whole story was such a weird and interesting tale. But we love many bands and support anyone who is trying to make a difference, be that musically, creatively or planetary. 

Is there a song you wish The Used wrote?

Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” 

We are experiencing many deaths of very young artists, many of them were part of the “emo hip hop, emo rap” scene: Lil Peep, Xxxtentacion, Juice Wrld, Mac Miller…to name a few. Do you think is there a common thread that links all those deaths? Psycho-sociological factors or otherwise…What are your thoughts?

I think there are a lot of people right now who are feeling the effects of what the earth is feeling, the immense greed that has been wining, animal agriculture destroyed the planet, plus what social media is pretending to show us what “normal” life should be like. Seriously depressing times. Life isn’t perfect, everyone has growing to do, flaws are beautiful, mistakes are there to learn from and grow. 

How did the collaboration with Jason Butler (FEVER 333) come about? How’s is it going so far?

We had the song “Blow Me” written and left the outro open and asked Jason if he wanted to come over and try something special for the ending. Turned out incredible! 

Do you still get a thrill when you perform your first few singles ‘live’? Audiences still do when they hear them: why do you think they are still so excited listening to your first few tracks after all these years?

It all depends on the crowd, we feed off of their energy. The more intense and loud the crowd is, the better the show will be.  We encourage sing alongs, and try to make our fans feel as much part of the show as possible. Because we (The Used and Used fans) are one big happy family. 

How did your audience respond to your latest single? How do you think your audience has evolved with you through the years?

Everyone is super excited, played it on our latest tour live and the fans are freaking out, knowing every word. 

Your live performances are very intense and you guys are super fit! What kind of workout regimes do you do to give your best on stage?    

The drummer Dan and I are vegan which makes our immune systems extremely strong, plus you are what you eat. Bert works out everyday. I do work my hands out playing bass and video games, everyday.