“That’s what this record is – it’s a moment of silence for what’s real.”
The Used’s seventh studio album will be coming sooner than you think, with the newly announced ‘The Canyon‘ coming October 27th via Hopeless Records. This 17-track record has also been slated to be their most raw, most unadulterated and most personal piece of art The Used has ever released. Now, if that PR hype is meant to be believed, that’s really saying something considering the content and themes of 2009’s career best, ‘Artwork‘.
Produced by the esteemed Ross Robinson (The Cure, At The Drive In, far too many others to list here), every note, vocal and instrument you hear on this LP was recorded entirely to tape without a click track. (Truly shocking stuff). Tracking was done at the legendary Valentine Studio, where the hope of such live recording was to capture the band’s nuanced, in-the-moment magic and make something that is hopefully, truly memorable. And they display this with the New-wave-emo-meets-pop-meets-something-else sound of the catchy new single, ‘Over And Over Again‘, showing that the band find slightly new sonic ground on each new record. (As well as weird new imagery for their film clips). Even if some fans get butthurt that it’s not the same sound the band were jacking 15 years ago.
‘The Canyon‘ is set to listeners on a lyrical journey through the intimate psyche of frontman Bert McCracken, something the signer has excelled at as a lyricist, and who said of the new record that:
“I’ve learned as an artist that a great idea is such a gift. If I don’t stop whatever it is I’m doing, even if while driving, if I don’t pull over at that moment, then maybe I didn’t deserve the idea to begin with. I learned to respect and worship the ideas in that way, that they are and will always be something sacred. Stopping in that moment was a brand new approach for us during this process”.
After spending most of 2016 celebrating their self-titled debut album and 2004’s ‘In Love & Death‘ with tours over the world – Australia included – The Used are always evolving. Now, whether that will be for the best (like ‘Lies For The Liars‘ and ‘Artwork‘) or for the mediocre (‘Vulnerable‘ and ‘Imaginary Enemy‘), we will all find out next month…
‘The Canyon’ is out October 27th via Hopeless Records. To pre-order the album, visit here.