The Used are back with new music, having just released their seventh studio album, The Canyon, and they’ve got a head-scratching new video to share for their song “Rise Up Lights.”
The clip is a bit odd, centering on a frequently naked man waking from a slumber, working out, dancing, shaving and bathing in his art-filled home. At different points in the proceedings, he appears to be possessed by singer Bert McCracken, whose face is projected upon the man. The song itself is a propulsive rocker with an undeniable beat from drummer Dan Whiteside and aggressive licks from guitarist Justin Shekoski. Meanwhile, McCracken’s angsty yet anthemic vocal keep the listener engaged throughout.
The Used have evolved their sound over the years, but “Rise Up Lights” feels more reminiscent of some of their earlier work. The track appears on The Canyon, a disc that’s mostly been inspired by the pain and loss of a loved one. The group worked on the disc with producer Ross Robinson.
“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,” commented frontman Bert McCracken about the creative process for The Canyon disc, which is available here.
You can catch The Used on tour with Glassjaw, with dates booked through the end of the month. Their next show comes Monday night (Nov. 5) in Grand Rapids, Mich. See all their dates listed below.
The Used / Glassjaw 2017 Tour Dates
Nov. 5 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live
Nov. 7 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
Nov. 8 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
Nov. 10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore
Nov. 12 – Sayreville, N.J. @ Starland Ballroom
Nov. 14 – Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore
Nov. 15 – Nashville, Tenn. @ War Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 17 – San Antonio, Texas @ The Vibes Event Center
Nov. 18 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center
Nov. 19 – Dallas, Texas @ Southside Ballroom
Nov. 21 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Van Buren
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ House of Blues
Nov. 25 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
Nov. 28 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theatre
Nov. 29 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
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