The Used Biography

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The USedThe Used is a rock band that hails from Orem, Utah. The band formed in 1994 under the name Strange Itch. After a series of line-up changes, a name change to Dumb Luck and an album release in 1998, the band became Used when their current vocalist Bert McCracken joined the band.

They later on changed their name to The Used because another band from Boston already owned the trademark for the name "Used". During this time the line up was composed of Bert McCracken on vocals, Quinn Allman on guitar, Branden Steineckert on drums and Jeph Howard on bass.

The band was able to sign with Reprise Records after their drummer Steineckert sent a demo of their songs to the label. The band then went on to release a self titled debut album in June of 2002 that went on to sell one million copies. Prior to the albums release, the band only performed in 20 shows around Orem. The success of the album led them to eventually do 600 other shows which included performances in Ozzfest, Warped Tour and Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution.

2003 saw the band releasing an introspective CD/DVD entitled Maybe Memories that contained unreleased material, live performances as well as behind-the scenes footage of their lives. It was followed by their second album, In Love and Death, which was released in September of 2004. It went on to reach platinum status and showed the continuing popularity of the band. It also went on to peak at number six on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. A tour around the world to further promote the album followed.

The third album of The Used, Lies for the Liars was released on May of 2007. Prior to its release, the band saw the departure of drummer Branden Steineckert in the summer of 2006. Dan Whitesides replaced Steineckert to do the drumming duties for the band for the remainder of 2006 as well as to complete the recording of their third album. He is also currently the new drummer for the band. Lies for the Liars currently has sold over 240,000 copies in the US as of September of 2007.