The Used is an American rock band from Orem, Utah, that formed in 2001. The group consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Bert McCracken, guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard, and drummer Dan Whitesides who replaced founding member Branden Steineckert in 2006.
The group signed to Reprise Records and rose to fame in June 2002 after releasing their self-titled debut album. 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. Shallow Believer, an EP that featured most of the band’s B-sides, was released in February 2008. They spent 2008 working on their fourth studio album, Artwork, which was released in August 2009. A fifth album, titled Vulnerable, was released in March 2012 through the independent label Hopeless Records. In summer 2013 they released another EP titled The Ocean of the Sky. Their sixth album, Imaginary Enemy, released in April 2014.
Albums by The Used have achieved gold and platinum statuses in many countries worldwide. In 2008, the band has sold more than 3 million records worldwide.
Sub City (Hopeless Records’ non-profit 501(c) organization) announced on November 9, 2012 that The Used, with support from We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, and Mindflow, will headline the annual nationwide charity tour will circle the US through February, showcasing some of the best bands in music today while raising funds and awareness for It Gets Better Project and the concept that we can all help play a part in making a positive impact. The Used’s fifth studio album was re-issued as a two-disc set titled Vulnerable (II) on January 22, 2013. On March 11, 2013, the band released a music video for the single “Hands and Faces”.
In June 2013 The Used announced their new EP, The Ocean of the Sky, and the EP was released the following month. In October 2013, the band toured the west coast with supporting acts William Control and She Said Fire.
In mid-January 2014, the band revealed their sixth studio album, Imaginary Enemy. It was released on April 1, 2014 through their label GAS Union. The album, it turns out, was greatly influenced by McCracken’s daughter. – Wikipedia