By Jay Tilles
A week ahead of the album’s release date (April 1), The Used are streaming their sixth full length titled Imaginary Enemy, the follow-up to their 2012 release Vulnerable.
“We the people, in order to form a more perfect planet, must question the way the world works – and where the world is heading,” said The Used frontman, Bert McCracken, in a statement about the new album. “Some view art as a way of escaping reality; others view art as a mirror reflecting our sometimes sad society; we believe art can be a weapon, used to shape the very world we live in.”
The album opens with “Revolution,” where McCracken urges, “So from now on I pledge allegiance/ To a world that’s so much different / Where no one suffers, everyone is free / Revolution starts with me.” This passionate optimism lies at the core of Imaginary Enemy.
For Imaginary Enemy, the band once again teamed with famed alt-rock/punk producer John Feldmann, who’s worked with The Used since their start in 2001. Feldman has produced and co-written songs dozens of artists including Neon Trees, Good Charlotte and Plain White Tees.
Listen to the full album below:
The Used are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour co-headlining with Taking Back Sunday, featuring special guests Tonight Alive and Sleepwave.
The Used/Taking Back Sunday Tour with Tonight Alive, Sleepwave
03/25 Warfield @ San Francisco, CA
03/27 Palladium @ Los Angeles, CA
03/28 House of Blues @ San Diego, CA
03/29 Extreme Thing @ Las Vegas, NV
04/1 Ogden Theatre @ Denver, CO
04/2 Sokol @ Omaha, NE
04/4 Eagles Ballroom @ Milwaukee, WI
04/5 Concord Music Hall @ Chicago, IL
04/6 Fillmore @ Detroit, MI
04/8 Kool Haus @ Toronto, ON
04/9 The Armory @ Rochester, NY
04/11 Webster Theatre @ Hartford, CT
04/12 House of Blues @ Boston, MA
04/13 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA
04/15 Best Buy Theatre @ New York, NY
04/19 Sands @ Bethlehem, PA
04/22 Fillmore @ Silver Spring, MD
04/24 The Tabernacle @ Atlanta, GA
04/26 Revolution @ Ft.Lauderdale, FL
04/27 House of Blues @ Orlando, FL