The Rock City archives: 2015

The Used, Rock City Main Hall

  • Saturday 7th February 2015
  • Supported by: Landscapes + Decade
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The Used are very excited to announce their return to the UK in 2015 - their first UK headline tour in 3 years! Having stormed the stage at Download in 2014 and their HUGE SOLD OUT US tour with Taking Back Sunday, The Used cannot be stopped! Be sure to catch them at Rock City!

“Imaginary Enemy”, released in March 2014, is the band’s sixth studio full-length. A band that has never shied away from using their music as a platform to ask the tough questions and evoke political conversation, The Used brings that passion tenfold on “Imaginary Enemy”. A palpable sense of the band’s commitment, frustration, and optimism for the future are lies at the very core of each track. <p. The Used emerged flipping two middle fingers at what passed for the rock n’ roll status quo while snatching platinum, gold and silver certifications in North America, Europe and Australia and kicking open the doors of MTV and the Top 10.

Now freed of the shackles of corporate bureaucracy and even the limitations of geography (the band live in all corners of the planet), The Used have created the most spirited and vitally essential work of their career.

Imaginary Enemy has the wrath of a hurricane, railing against the mainstream media distractions that keep the populace complacent about poverty, disease, war, famine and the seemingly inevitable police state decimating privacy. Even as humanity grows more interconnected through technology, self-absorbed narcissism keeps much of the West with a nose in a smartphone and their empathy obscured. As The Used’s lyricist/frontman Bert McCracken declares: “We need new heroes - or no heroes at all. We need more leaders and less Twitter followers.”

The visceral, raw performances on Imaginary Enemy are akin to what The Used have always done live, whether back in the day on Ozzfest, Warped, Projekt Revolution or Taste Of Chaos, at major festivals, or the 2012 charity sponsored tour which raised funds for the It Gets Better Project. The big hooks found throughout the songs will energize longtime fans and new believers alike. The dark undertone prevalent in their classic songs is still there, but it’s all infused with a motivational positivity designed to both destroy and rebuild.

Like everything else in The Used’s career, none of Imaginary Enemy would have been possible without the band’s devoted fans. “We’ve really become aware of what this music really means to us and to the people we’ve touched around the world,” McCracken says. “I recognize that we have the ability to inspire people to maybe smile. And we wanted to expand on that power, the power of art, to motivate.”

www.TheUsed.net

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