What's The Used all about?
The Used is an American alternative rock band from Orem, Utah. Their sound has been classified under many sub-genres of rock. They signed with Reprise Records in late 2001 and rose to fame in June 2002 after releasing their debut self-titled album, The Used. They followed up with their second album, In Love and Death, in September 2004 and their third album, Lies for the Liars, in May 2007. An EP, Shallow Believer, was released in February 2008 that featured most of the band's B-sides to date. They spent the entire year of 2008 working on their fourth studio album, which was released on August 31, 2009, called Artwork. The band has achieved both Gold and Platinum statuses in more than six countries worldwide.
The Used officially formed in January 2001, but members had played in many previous bands since the early 1990s, which helped lead to the formation of The Used. Founding member Branden Steineckert along with Quinn Allman and Jeph Howard were trying to start a new band and needed a singer. They had music for songs but no lyrics or vocals to go along with it. Tryouts for singers were held in Jeph Howard's house, but they weren't satisfied with anyone they heard, and described the auditions as being terrible. Quinn asked Bert McCracken if he was interested in joining the band. Bert met up with the other members and liked the music they wrote. After being given music that the band had written, Bert wrote the lyrics to what would become "Maybe Memories" and returned the next day to record a demo version of the song. The band welcomed him immediately and from there on out, Bert took over the vocals. Throughout all of this, the band members suffered from poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse. They panhandled for change in order to buy food to stay alive while at the same time hating the Mormon town that they lived in and the people that lived there. The band's name was born when their friends claimed they felt "used" when contact was lost between them and band members due to them becoming more involved in the band.
Used continued to write songs together and recorded a demo album in Branden's bedroom titled Demos from the Basement. Drummer Branden Steineckert sent their songs to producer John Feldmann from the Ska group Goldfinger. After he heard "A Box Full of Sharp Objects", he wanted to get them signed. John flew the band to LA taking them out of their home state for the first time in their lives and played the songs for various record executives to try to get them signed, however, the first few weren't interested and it left John discouraged. Eventually, more people got hold of the demo and a few record companies were eager to sign them. They decided to sign with Reprise Records in late 2001. [Wikipedia.com