The Used Premiere New Song “The Lottery” Feat. Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo

The Used have premiered a new song titled “The Lottery.” This track features Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo and it will appear on the band’s new album “Heartwork,” which is set to be released tomorrow (April 24).

While discussing the song with Kerrang!, Bert McCracken said Shomo “jumped at the opportunity and devoured the concept like a wild animal.” He continued:

“He even recorded his parts in his green room in NYC right before he went onstage. The result is one of the heaviest songs in The Used catalog. And if you haven’t yet read the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, you’re in for a real treat!”

Shomo added:

“I got hit up to do it while on tour and I was all in: thankfully I had a recording rig with me. Bert sent me the song, lyrics and concept, and gave me the freedom to do anything I wanted with my part. It was pretty intimidating to lay it down on the road but I’m very happy with how it turned out – and I think everyone is! The song’s a banger. Jam it loud.”

The Used Premiere New Song “Big, Wanna Be”

The Used have premiered a new song titled “Big, Wanna Be.” This track is from the band’s new album “Heartwork,” which will be released on April 24.

Bert McCracken told Spin the following about the song:

“‘Big, Wanna Be‘ I think is a really sardonic and sarcastic look at the world of ‘influencing’ in general. I think it really speaks to the soul of what humanity has lost with Instagram influencers. It’s been going on for a long time, but it’s been elevated with Instagram and social media. They’re platforms that make people feel jealous, but that feeling of jealousy can’t be reciprocated on the other side.

You can’t feel someone feeling jealous, so it’s just this weird confusing conundrum that’s a horrible situation for humans to be stuck in. But it’s also kind of a light message about pushing yourself, as I just started working out with resistance training about a year ago, so in a roundabout joking kind of way it’s also about how I want to become way larger than I’m capable of becoming.”

The Used Premiere New Song “The Lighthouse” Feat. Mark Hoppus (Blink-182)

The Used have premiered a new song titled “The Lighthouse.” This track features Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and it will appear on the band’s new album “Heartwork,” which is set to be released on April 24.

Bert McCracken told Grammy.com the following about working with Hoppus:

“…We’ve toured with tons of big bands, Blink‘s one of the biggest, but they’ve also been one of the most generous and humble and down to earth and caring and kind. It’s crazy touring with a band that would strike the entire stage for your gear, and just going out of the way to always be really, really sweet to us.

It’s amazing to get to be in the studio and to experience his creative mind. He’s a different kind of writer. He is really quick fire. It’s really cool to watch him work like that. And yeah, he’s pretty legendary, even for someone who’s outside of the whole world of pop-punk it’s still like, oh, huge deal.

So, we’re beyond excited and yeah, it was a pleasure. I think it was a long time coming, but it was an absolute pleasure. We did a couple of songs with him, so there’s some unreleased stuff that will be out later on as well.”

The Used Premiere New Song “Bloody Nose”

The Used have premiered a new song titled “Bloody Nose.” This track is from the band’s new album “Heartwork,” which will be released on April 24.

Bert McCracken told High Times the following about the song:

“This is like a classic Used jam to me. I think The Used has always written powerful songs about what it takes to get up after you’ve been knocked down, and I think that’s something that everybody can relate to no matter where you’re at in your life or what kind of person you are, what kind of background you come from… I think that little tiny moments of setting a goal and reaching your goal… those little victories, especially after hardships, or after a failure those are the types of songs that we kind of all live for. You can turn it on and feel powerful, feel like this surge of inspiration.

What I love about ‘Bloody Nose’ is this record, it has so many different colors, and so many different types of songs, and sounds, and you go from ‘BIG’ which is, you know, it’s so full of production, and the drum track sounds like like weights being lifted, and all these other crazy sounds, to ‘Bloody Nose’, which sounds like a Used song just straight from the stage—it sounds like what The Used sounds like live.

For everyone I’ve shared the record with, and kind of passed it around amongst my friends, ‘Bloody Nose’ is a friend and family fave!”

The Used Premiere New Song “Obvious Blasé” Feat. Travis Barker (Blink-182)

The Used have premiered a new song titled “Obvious Blasé” via NME. This track features Blink-182’s Travis Barker and it will appear on the band’s new album “Heartwork,” which is set to be released on April 24.

The Used Cancel European/UK Tour

The Used have cancelled their spring European/UK tour. The band decided to scrap the trek after receiving an opportunity that they “absolutely couldn’t turn down.”

The group commented:

“We are very sorry to announce that we will not be able to come to the UK and Europe in May & June. An opportunity has arisen for The Used that we absolutely couldn’t turn down. (Big news update to be revealed ASAP!)

We apologize to all our fans who already made plans to see us and we promise to make it up to you very very soon. In the meantime, if you’re heading to Slam Dunk – have a great time – it’s a killer line up and any tickets for our headline shows are refundable at point of purchase.”

As previously reported, The Used’s new album “Heartwork” will be released on April 24.

The Used Premiere “Paradise Lost, A Poem By John Milton” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Heartwork”

The Used have premiered a new video for their new song “Paradise Lost, A Poem By John Milton.” This track is from the band’s new album “Heartwork,” which will be released on April 24. Bert McCracken commented:

“I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost. 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?”

“Heartwork” Track Listing:

01. “Paradise Lost, A poem by John Milton”
02. “Blow Me” (feat, Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333)
03. “Big, Wanna Be”
04. “Bloody Nose”
05. “Wow, I Hate This Song”
06. “My Cocoon”
07. “Cathedral Bell”
08. “1984 (Infinite Jest)”
09. “Gravity’s Rainbow”
10. “Clean Cut Heals”
11. “Heartwork”
12. “The Lighthouse” (feat. Mark Hoppus of Blink-182)
13. “Obvious Blasé (feat. Travis Barker of Blink-182)
14. “The Lottery” (feat. Caleb Shomo of Beartooth)
15. “Darkness Bleeds, FOTF”
16. “To Feel Something“.

Bert McCracken Discusses The Used’s New Album, Says The Band Might Open For My Chemical Romance On Upcoming Tour

UPDATE: The Used’s new album is actually called “Heartwork.” The below mentioned interview was conducted before the title was changed.

Original Story:

During an interview with Kaytie of Razor 94.7 104.7, The Used’s Bert McCracken talked a bit about the band’s new album “Paradise Lost.” On top of that, the frontman also seemed to suggest that the band will be opening for My Chemical Romance on their North American tour.

McCracken said the following about the new record:

“We had about 30 songs finished and I think there’s only 15 on the record so we’ll have a really cool B-Sides record coming out hopefully later this year. We wanted the record to kinda showcase the different elements within the studio.

Like some of the songs sound straight live like you would be hearing them from the stage. And some of the songs are kind of back to the first and second record style of production where it’s like some of the sounds are full production, its full like you’re in a little world of your own inside these songs.”

He also added the following about the title track:

“There’s a little arrangement in a song we made with a really special poem of mine, its the title track for the record on this new one and the poem has been around probably since 2012.

I wrote it in a really kind of horrible moment, a violent moment, an extreme moment. But you captured it and so you have that feeling, you have that little kind of capsule of that moment kind of ready, locked and loaded, whenever you want to pull it out, where ever you want to put it.

And if it’s good, it really does, you can read it five or six years later and be like okay I still feel that. I still feel that from where it came from.”

In the same chat, McCracken also hinted that The Used may be opening for My Chemical Romance later this year:

“When we first met My Chemical Romance, they were my favorite band. I brought them out all over the world. There’s a reason why they blew up and they’re one of the biggest bands of all time. They’re amazing. Been talking to Gerard and it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see The Used on that tour.”

He continued:

“I’m not saying… I’m joking. Come on, you know me, I’m a Kidder.”

The singer also made similar comments during a recent live show: