The Used's 5th studio album Vulnerable debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, selling 31,521 in the first week, with almost 50,000 copies to date. This is the first album release off their own record label Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records. The band is prepping to hit the road on a headlining tour kicking off May 12th with Dead Sara and Stars In Stereo and will also play Main Stage on this summer's 2012 Vans Warped Tour with all dates below.
The band released the first music video for single "I Come Alive" that you can check out here: http://bit.ly/JRjHy3
Vulnerable also hit #7 Alternative Chart on Nielsen SoundScan, as well as charting on Nielsen Canadian SoundScan -- #21 Top 200 Current Albums, #4 Independent charts, #3 Hard Music charts, and #12 Digital Album chart.
Turning personal adversity into art is The Used's trademark and Vulnerable was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable.
"Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me," says McCracken. "This record's really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It's a lot more positive than a lot of records we've written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays."
The Used-which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like "Box Full of Sharp Objects," "The Taste of Ink" and "Buried Myself Alive." The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memories in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed-2004's In Love And Death-spawning singles "Take It Away," "All That I've Got" and "I Caught Fire."
2007's Lies For The Liars, hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200, led to 2009's Artwork, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. As if that weren't enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who's who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals.
"I think Vulnerable is really new for us. There's a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it's also still a Used record, by all means," explains McCracken. "Just like any other Used record, it's a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record."
"This record is for all those people who weren't the coolest people around. We never were. This record's for kids like us, who just love music, because it saves their lives every day," McCracken says. "At the end of the day, I'm the only one who has to live and die with myself. I want to make it a good one for me. I only have one life to live."
The Used Headlining Tour Dates:
5/12/12- Buffalo, NY Town Hall
5/13/12- Albany, NY Northern Lights
5/15/12- Philadelphia, PA TLA
5/16/12- Huntington, NY Paramount
5/18/12- Providence, RI Lupo's
5/19/12- Boston, MA House of Blues
5/21/12- New York City Irving Plaza
5/22/12- Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
5/23/12- Charlotte, NC Fillmore
5/26/12- St Petersburg, FL 97X Backyard BBQ
5/27/12- Orlando, FL House Of Blues
5/28/12- Jacksonville, FL X102.9 Rock On The River
5/30/12- Silver Spring, MD Fillmore
5/31/12- Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
6/1/12 - Milwaukee, WI The Rave
6/3/12 - Winnipeg Garrick
6/5/12 - Edmonton Starlite
6/6/12 - Calgary Macewan Ballroom
6/9/12 - Vancouver Vogue
6/10/12- Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
6/11/12- Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
Vans Warped Tour Dates:
Jun 16 Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 17 Denver, CO
Jun 20 Las Vegas, NV
Jun 21 Irvine, CA
Jun 22 Pomona, CA
Jun 23 San Francisco, CA
Jun 24 Ventura, CA
Jun 27 Chula Vista, CA
Jun 28 Scottsdale, AZ
Jun 29 Las Cruces, NM
Jun 30 San Antonio, TX
Jul 01 Houston, TX
Jul 03 Dallas, TX
Jul 05 Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 06 Auburn Hills, MI
Jul 07 Tinley Park, IL
Jul 08 Shakopee, MN
Jul 09 Bonner Springs, KS
Jul 10 Noblesville, IN
Jul 11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 12 Burgettstown, PA
Jul 13 Holmdel, NJ
Jul 14 Montreal, QC CA
Jul 15 Toronto, ON CA
For Warped Tour Dates and more information on The Used, check out: www.TheUsed.net