The Used have surprised fans with a brand new single, “Use Me,” which features guest vocals from Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333. It marks the first taste of new music from The Used since 2017’s The Canyon.
“[We] are proud to present our new song ‘Blow Me’ featuring Jason Aalon Butler from Fever 333,” shares vocalist Bert McCracken on the new single. “Whether metaphorically signifying the power of words in general, or magnifying concern for the situation of societal gun violence, we urge the fans of our music to find individual and personal meaning in all of our songs. Thank you, and please enjoy!”
While their paths have crossed previously — Fever 333 supported The Used on tour in 2018 — this is their first time that members of the two have gotten to work together in the studio. “If I’m being honest, I’ve been a fan of this band since the first single they put on an Atticus Clothing comp CD back in 2002. I heard ‘Box Full Of Sharp Objects’ and thought- ‘This is it. This is the next step in heavier music with melodic sensibility,’” shares Butler on discovering The Used. “I loved it. I studied it. Then I met the man that produced it, John Feldmann. Loved him. Studied him. Then, a couple months ago I was asked by the band and John to sing on a track from the new album. They played me some songs and, no bullshit, I got that feeling I felt when I first heard ‘Box Full’ on that comp 17 years ago. For any and all The Used fans – they’re back again. In a BIG fucking way.”
Earlier this year, The Used signed with John Feldmann’s record label, Big Noise, and have been in the studio with Feldmann working on their eighth studio album. He signed the band to Reprise Records back in 2002 and produced their self-titled debut, Maybe Memories, In Love and Death, Lies for the Liars, Vulnerable, and Imaginary Enemy — so to say he knows The Used would be an understatement.
“I couldn’t be more honored or grateful to have one of my favorite bands of all time at my record label! They are one of the most influential bands of the last 20 years and we are making a career-defining album at the minute,” shares Feldmann. “They are one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen and Bert is quite possibly the best singer I’ve ever worked with. This has been a dream of mine since I met them in 2001.”