The Used has announced that they will be releasing a new album titled Imaginary Enemy on April 1st, 2014. The album is the band's sixth studio full-length, following the success of 2012's Vulnerable, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, selling 32,000 copies in its first week alone and marking the group's fourth top 10 album. A band that has never shied away from using their music as a platform to ask the tough questions and evoke political conversation, The Used brings that passion tenfold on Imaginary Enemy. A palpable sense of the band's commitment, frustration, and optimism for the future lies at the very core of each track.
"We the people, in order to form a more perfect planet, must question the way the world works - and where the world is heading," says The Used frontman, Bert McCracken, in a statement about the new album. He continues, "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 Used is proud to present to you, 'Imaginary Enemy’."
The Used-which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like "Box Full of Sharp Objects," "The Taste of Ink," "Blue And Yellow" and "Buried Myself Alive." The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memoriesin 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed-2004's In Love And Death-spawning singles "Take It Away," "I Caught Fire" and "All That I've Got" - which earned the band their first MuchMusic Video Award nomination.