THE USED Announce New Album ‘Heartwork’
Sharing a grandiose, epic video for new single Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton, the band shows that they’re ready to push the boundaries and kick up the creative notch in their newest album.
There’s always something incredibly exciting when a band manages to blow all of your expectations out of the water, and that’s exactly what The Used do with their newest single Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton. The single was released in conjunction with the announcement of the band’s forthcoming album Heartwork, which will be released on April 24th via Big Noise/Hassle Records.
Speaking on the upcoming album, frontman Bert McCracken shares:
The new album plays on the emotions, the sincerity, and the vulnerability of the first record and ‘In Love and Death’, with a little bit of the flair from ‘Lies for the Liars’. Standing in the streaming circle pit with Kesha and Halsey, the album is just as modern sounding. John Feldmann’s production is THAT professional. It sounds really good! Those are two really random examples, but I think if you listen to both of those records, the songs are all over the place: dance, pop, actual punk rock riffs and drums. I think music is so all over the place right now that The Used fits in perfectly.
Having already set the bar high with the seven albums that they’ve released, one begins to wonder if it’s possible for more surprises and new material to arise but The Used have shown us that they’re far from using up their creative juices. Returning with a renewed fervour, there’s a feral edge to both the single and the accompanying video that fans won’t be able to get enough of, as they are transported from a false sense of tranquility into turbulent vocals and cacophonous instrumentals. Creating a grandiose epic that blends the supernatural and the psychedelia into a larger-than-life narrative, there’s imagery unique for the band for keen-eyed fans to pick up on and enjoy whilst paying homage to one of Bert’s favourite authors.
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?
- Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton
2. Blow Me (feat. Jason Aalon Butler)
3. BIG, WANNA BE
4. Bloody Nose
5. Wow, I Hate This Song
6. My Cocoon
7. Cathedral Bell
8. 1984 (Infinite Jest)
9. Gravity’s Rainbow
10. Clean Cut Heals
12. The Lighthouse (feat. Mark Hoppus)
13. Obvious Blasé (feat. Travis Barker)
14. The Lottery (feat. Caleb Shomo)
15. Darkness Bleeds, FOTF
16. To Feel Something
The band will be doing a short run in the UK later this year, and you can catch them at one of the following dates.
23 – Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival
24 – Hatfield, Slam Dunk Festival
26 – London, Lafayette
27 – Brighton, Concorde 2