The Used & Glassjaw @ Roseland Theater, Portland [28 November]

The Used & Glassjaw


1532
28
November
20:00 - 23:00

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Roseland Theater
8 NW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
Double Tee & Mike Thrasher Present

The Used/ Glassjaw
November 28th
Roseland Theater
8pm, 21+

Pre-Sale Avail 8/24 at 10am
On-Sale 8/25 at 10am

THE USED: If you had told The Used back at the turn of the millennium that we’d still be talking about their self-titled debut 15 years later, there’s no way they’ would have believed it. The scrappy foursome from Orem, Utah, recorded this album as bored teenagers living in an oppressive environment who had no idea that songs like “The Taste Of Ink” and “A Box Full Of Sharp Objects” would become the unexpected face of a new generation of youth culture. However what’s maybe more impressive is the way The Used have been able to prevail for a decade-and-a-half. Their upcoming reimagined acoustic album recorded live with a full orchestra is a perfect example of the ever-lasting nature of the band’s music.

“I think this album originally came out during a time where music was allowed to be honest and brave enough in the face of emotional norms,” says vocalist Bert McCracken, who along with bassist Jeph Howard, drummer Dan Whitesides and new guitarist Justin Shekoski currently make up The Used. “This is for true music fans and diehards. It’s for people for whom music has been their gospel and their everything so I think that’s why there’s been a real resurgence,” McCracken continues, citing the massive lines outside of “emo nights” these days all over the country as evidence of this movement’s continued relevance. “We made this record when we were ten years less inhibited but the social realness of being an adult and we were young enough to dream.”

Since The Used released their incendiary debut, they’ve gone on to put out five more acclaimed full-lengths, but The Used has always had a special place in their hearts due to the feelings of youthfulness and angst it embodies. For that reason it only made sense for them to try to reimagine these songs during an intimate performance in Los Angeles earlier this year. “From the beginning of working on this project we took it incredibly seriously and it was so magical to be able to rehearse for a full week nine hours a day with such talented musicians,” McCracken explains, adding that they also wanted to make sure that these songs retained their raw emotive core. “Leading up to that show and listening back to it, it’s definitely the most special thing I’ve done in my career in music.”
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