The Used | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
The Used performing during the Creative Control Tour at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on May 23, 2023, with Bert McCracken, Jeph Howard, Dan Whitesides, and Joey Bradford. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Recently, The Used announced that their newest album Toxic Positivity will be out on May 19 via Big Noise. Toxic Positivity includes the previously-released, no-holds-barred singles “Fuck You” and “People Are Vomit.”

Established in 2000, The Used was brought to life and have since released a collection of albums that pioneered the scene of emo rock. High energy live shows, gut wrenching relatable lyrics, and melodies that blended pop sensibility and hard rock was the perfect combination to make an everlasting impression on fans globally.

The Used released their ninth studio album, Heartwork (Deluxe), in 2021 via Big Noise. The extended album features 11 never-before-heard tracks that were all written during the original Heartwork (2020) sessions. A variety of collaborators including producer John Feldmann, co-writer Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), guest artists Travis Barker, Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333), Caleb Shomo (Beartooth) and more helped deliver this now 27-track album that simultaneously showcases what made The Used emerge as one of the most prolific bands of the early 2000s as well as what has kept them at the forefront of the genre ever since.

The band locked in #4 spots on both the Top Alternative and Top Hard Rock Album charts, #11 on Top Rock Album charts as well as landing in the Billboard Top 200 at the #87 spot.
Fan reviews:

Amazing! I’ve been to a few festivals and concerts where The Used was playing and they are ALWAYS my favorite, I love the bands energy and Brets interaction with the crowd. I wish they would come to Central Florida more often, but I will travel to see them.

Always amazing! I've seen The Used too many times to count and they always have given an amazing performance! Always so much energy and excitement at their shows! They also sound amazing live, well at least every show I have been too. I cant wait to see them again and again!

Had a great time. Bert interacted amazingly with the audience, and I had a blast. He incited a circle pit while reciting Macbeth from memory. 10/10, amazing concert.

Excellent show! The used was perfect tonight. Everyone was so happy! The used was excellent.
Setlist for the show at the HEB Center
  • Maybe Memories
  • A Box Full of Sharp Objects
  • The Bird and the Worm
  • People Are Vomit
  • Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton
  • The Taste of Ink
  • All That I've Got
  • Fuck You
  • Giving Up
  • I Caught Fire
  • Empty With You
  • Numb
  • I'm a Fake
  • Pretty Handsome Awkward

The Used was the main act at the HEB Center with guests Pierce The Veil, Don Broco, DeathbyRomy. They continue across the United States with the last stop at the Riot Fest in Chicago, Illinois on September 15, 2023.

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