The lineup has been revealed for the 2021 Four Chord Music Fest. The event will take place at Wild Things Park in Washington, PA on July 17 and it will feature: Blink-182, The Used, State Champs, Mayday Parade, Four Year Strong, the Ataris, Hit the Lights, Sleep On It, Eternal Boy, Patent Pending, Keep Flying, Fortune Cove, and Look Out Loretta.
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!”
“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 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 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 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 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 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 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”
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“.