sad, happy, heartbroken people
When Orem, Utah four-piece The Used smashed their way into the
rock mainstream with 2002's self-titled release, they were a band
that had everything to gain.
hardcore rock sound was almost Freudian in its distillation of
small town close-mindedness. Quickly establishing themselves as
a live force, The Used set out to conquer the world. And they
a few minutes with drummer Branden Steineckert to get up close
and personal to the Used in 2005. With a new single and top ten
album ('In Love And Death'), had major label success, and the
loss of a close friend, dampened their fire.
Coming out of nowhere with your 2002 debut it was almost the archetypical
sound of a young band breaking free of small town constraints.
Obviously, a lot of people could relate. So how have things changed
for the band since then?
Well, of course
life has changed in every way in these last few years.
around the world and experienced different cultures, been around
all kinds of different bands and artists. It's been very influential.
But, we are still just people.
And how has
the message on "In Love and Death" reflected that?
We can be
sad, happy, angry, heartbroken...we're still human. Our songs
are written from a human angle that I think most people could
How was it
recording with John Feldmann again the second time around?
It was great,
he's like family. Along with family relationships there can be
tension. This time around we really stood our ground on what we
wanted, which would create tension off and on. The first time
was just so exciting and we had our songs written and ready. But
it was a great time, it all worked out in the end.
influenced by much new music when writing for the new record?
I know we
each were listening to tons of new shit as well as old classics.
I personally was listening to a lot of Head Automatica and Muse
while we made the record. One of the two were in my car driving
to the studio everyday.
The new single
'Take It Away' is a definite progression in sound, with its minimal
use of electronics. Do you see that element as a natural progression
for the band?
Well, it was
just kind of a snowball idea. It started one way and changed and
changed into what it is. We're not afraid to try new things so
I think taking a chance here or there is very natural and to be
somewhat expected from us.
How's the UK leg of your tour been?
incredible, the shows have gone off great! The fans have been
so energetic. This was our best experience here so far.
as a great live band. When it came to record the new album did
this influence the recording process, or did you want to make
a distinction between the studio and live arena?
are totally different worlds to us. We love to dive in really
deep when recording and not be afraid of using different instruments
or layering certain things. But live we just love it to be raw
and in your face.
are more comfortable to listen to over and over. Live is visual
as well, its a show....it should be treated as one.
a bunch of shows across the European mainland this week and then
get a couple of weeks off. Is it important to get a bit of downtime
or would you prefer to keep up the momentum?
momentum from burning out. It's crucial to step away now and then.
That way you can really appreciate and enjoy the tours. It keeps
it more honest. Otherwise you'll get tired and be doing it for
the wrong reasons.
How was the
recent Projekt Revolution tour?
It was work,
playing for new crowds that we've never been exposed to. It was
a good experience for us, but I enjoy playing for our own crowds
And did you
catch much downtime with Snoop?
Zero, he had
a daily police escort take his bus straight to stage then usually
left right afterwards.
Can you give
us a heads up on the forthcoming Taste Of Chaos festival, which
kicks off next month?
line up is insane. This show is going to be so good.
going to have a booth for my new skateboard company - Twenty Twenty.
I'm excited, I'll be selling my decks the whole tour along with