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The Used is a rock band from Orem, Utah. Their sound has been classified under many genres and sub genres of rock. They have achieved a Gold or Platinum status in over 6 countries worldwide.The First Annual ROCKSTAR Energy Drink GET A LIFE TOUR Presented by Samsung Mobile Announces Artist Lineup and Tour | Reuters

Band biography

Previous bands and the formation

The Used officially formed in January of 2001Used Quit Using; Life Becomes 'Unreal' - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News but some members had played in previous bands since the early 1990s which helped lead to the formation of The Used

. Under the name Strange Itch in 1994, the band consisted of Branden Steineckert on drums, Jeph Howard with the vocals, Joel Pack on bass, and Matt Brown on guitar. They released one self-titled album in 1998 and remained under that name until Quinn Allman took over guitar and Ashton Johnson took over the bass in 1999. At this point they changed their name to Dumb - Dumb Luck - PROVO, Utah - Pop cor�en / Com�die / Musique Roots - In 2000, an EP called The Naked Truth was released. Dumb Luck was short-lived and not long after the release, there was another line up change as Johnson had left the band and Howard took over as the bass player leaving the band with no singer. Tryouts for singers were held in Branden's bedroom, but they weren't satisfied with anyone they heard until Quinn remembered Bert McCracken from school and called him to see if he was interested in trying out. Bert met up with the other members and liked the music they wrote. After being given music that the band had written, Bert wrote the lyrics to what would become "Maybe Memories" and returned the next day with a newly recorded version of the song. The band welcomed him immediately. So Bert would write the lyrics to the songs they had, taking took over the vocals, and the band was renamed Used. The name comes from their friends who claimed they were being used when contact was lost between them and band members due to them becoming more involved in the band. Although it may seem like these early bands were The Used under a different name, Jeph stated in an interview that the bands were so bad that they weren't real bands and didn't have anything to do with The Used. He did say, however, that if it weren't for them, The Used would have never formed because they learned so much about music and each other playing in those bands.

2001: The demo and getting a record label

Used wrote songs together and made a demo album known as Demos from the Basement. Drummer Branden Steineckert sent their songs to producer John Feldmann from the pop punk group Goldfinger. After he heard "A Box Full of Sharp Objects", he wanted to get them signed because he believed this band had something no other band had and could change what's happening in the music world. John played the songs for various record executives to try and get them signed, however, the first few weren't interested and it left John discouraged because he felt this band was like no other. Throughout all of this, the band members suffered from poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse. They panhandled for change in order to buy food to stay alive while at the same time hating the Mormon town that they lived in and the people that lived there.
Eventually, more people got hold of the demo and a few record companies were eager to sign them, they decided to sign with Reprise Records in 2001.

2002-2003: Debut album and Maybe Memories

In 2002, it was discovered that a Boston band had already trademarked the name "Used," so they decided to add "The" to their name, thus becoming The Used. Their self-titled debut album was released on June 25, 2002. The album received mixed reviews and featured four singles: "A Box Full of Sharp Objects", "The Taste of Ink", "Buried Myself Alive", and "Blue and Yellow", with the latter three entering the charts. The album has been certified gold.RIAA - Gold & Platinum - May 30, 2008 The Used would go on to play Warped Tour, Ozzfest, and Projekt Revolution, as well as Box Car Racer's first and only tour. They also got recognized when Bert McCracken dated Kelly Osbourne. This would bring them much fanfare and popularity. In July 2003, The Used released a compilation CD/DVD combo package titled Maybe Memories. The CD featured live, rare, previously unreleased tracks, and demo material. The DVD featured the history of the band, member bios, and part of a live concert. This release has been certified platinum.

2004-2006: In Love and Death, the hiatus, and a new drummer

Tragedy would strike The Used in 2004 when lead singer Bert McCracken's ex-girlfriend, who was pregnant with his child, died of a drug overdose. At around the same time his dog died after being hit by a truck. Their second studio album was thus named In Love and Death, a reference to the tragedies Bert dealt with during the recording. The song "Hard to Say," was about Bert's feelings for his ex-girlfriend, although he wrote the song years earlier, it fit the moment and Bert felt that it was the right time to release it. The album received mixed reviews and spawned three singles: "Take It Away", "All That I've Got" (which earned them their first MuchMusic Video Award nomination), and "I Caught Fire" before being re-released in 2005. The fourth single "Under Pressure" (a David Bowie and Queen cover song performed with My Chemical Romance) was featured on the 2005 re-release. The album has been certified gold. After finishing up an international tour for the album, The Used took about 7 months off to hang out and catch up with friends and family in their hometown before starting to work on their next album. Throughout the summer of 2006 rumors spread among fans that Branden was no longer a band member. Then on September 12, 2006, The Used announced and confirmed that Branden was no longer a member of the band. Fans constantly asked questions about the reason why Branden was no longer the drummer and the band responsed by saying they felt they needed to move forward without Branden and that there was a personality conflict between Branden and another band member, however they did say that they love Branden and wish him the best in whatever he does in the future. In late 2006, it was announced drummer Dan Whitesides of New Transit Direction would replace Steineckert. Branden has since joined Rancid to replace former drummer Brett Reed.

2007: Berth and Lies for the Liars

On February 6, 2007, The Used released a live CD/DVD package, Berth, which included a full live concert shot on the 2005 Taste of Chaos tour in Vancouver. It continued where Maybe Memories left off and showed what the band had been up to since they released In Love and Death. It also gave a preview of Lies for the Liars. Berth has been certified gold. The Used spent most of the early part of 2007 on the Taste of Chaos tour, before their third album, Lies for the Liars was released May 22, 2007. They also headlined the Give It A Name festival. In June, The Used played the MuchMusic Video Awards for the first time ever, and also received their second nomination for Best International Group Video, for "The Bird and the Worm". The Used were scheduled to play Warped Tour in June and July, in support of their album, but had to cancel because Bert required surgery to remove a node from his vocal cords. After Bert recovered, they played the Reading and Leeds festivals in August, and went on to tour the United States in September. Lies for the Liars charted in the top 5 in over seven countries, and there were 4 singles released: "The Bird and the Worm", "Liar Liar (Burn in Hell)", "Pretty Handsome Awkward", and "Paralyzed". Although Dan Whitesides is the new drummer, Dean Butterworth of Good Charlotte recorded the drums for this album. The recording session for this album was the longest of any The Used album, as it took them over six months to record. Lies for the Liars received mixed reviews and has 8 b-sides. The Used had considered making a double album since (an unusually large) 19 songs were recorded. However, this idea was dropped as they decided to save the songs for a future release.

2008: Shallow Believer and the fourth studio album

Before Lies for the Liars was even released, The Used had planned on releasing an EP of the album's b-sides not long after it dropped. However, it was delayed due to problems with their label, and for a time it didn't appear that it would be released at all. Finally on February 19, 2008 the long-awaited EP was released, titled Shallow Believer. It featured not only b-sides from Lies for the Liars, but b-sides from all their studio albums. It was only released on digital music stores and it has charted as high as #13 on iTunes top 100 albums. The Used worked on demos for their fourth studio album from January to March. They were then the headlining band on the inaugural "Get a Life Tour", that lasted all of April and the first half of May. The band originally intended to begin recording immediately after the tour ended, new album info however due to the studios being already booked, they were not able to start recording until late May. Their plan is to record the album as quickly as possible with their goal being a month or less, which is hoped to give the album a raw and less produced sound. This is their first studio album not produced by John Feldmann, as they are going with a different producer because they want the album to sound different from everything else that they've done in the past. A possible choice for producer is Rivers Cuomo of Weezer but no official word has been given yet. The Used will take the last week of June to go on a small international tour. Afterwards, they will return home in July to finish recording the album if not yet completed. They aim to have it released by October along with a possible DVD release on the same day or included with the album.

Band members

Current members

  • Bert McCracken - Lead Vocals, Piano (2001-present)
  • Quinn Allman - Guitar, Backup Vocals (2001-present)
  • Jeph Howard - Bass, Backup Vocals (2001-present)
  • Dan Whitesides - Drums (2007-present)

Former members

  • Branden Steineckert - Drums, Backup Vocals - Kicked out of the band in August 2006 (2001-2006)

Touring members

  • Greg Bester - Guitar - Played with the band on tour in early 2000s (2001-2002)

Temporary members

  • Dean Butterworth - Drums - Recorded the drums for Lies for the Liars to fill in after Branden was kicked out (2006-2007)


Studio Albums

  • 2002: The Used
  • 2004: In Love and Death
  • 2007: Lies for the Liars

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