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The Used plays for uncool kids – like they were

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Having just held down the main stage on the Vans Warped Tour, the Used have hit the road U.S with special guests Twin Atlantic and Stars In Stereo, booking at stop at Missoula’s Wilma Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.50-$27, available at Rockin Rudy’s, TicketFly.com or by calling 1-877-4FLY-TIX.

On this West Coast jaunt, The Used are ready to be playing full-length sets again of their older hits and newer ones off “Vulnerable.”

Before the tour, the band released a video for “Put Me Out,” from its fifth studio album, which has sold over 65,000 copies to date. “Put Me Out” is the second track to be made into a music video, the first being for single “I Come Alive” that you can view at bit.ly/JRjHy3.

The Used, made up of singer Bert McCracken, 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 No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200, led to 2009’s “Artwork,” which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Top 200.

Released in March of this year, “Vulnerable” debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, selling 31,521 in the first week. The release established The Used’s first album release off their own record label Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records.

“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.”

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