Live Reviews, Metal / Hard Rock — May 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

LIVE REVIEW: The Used in Singapore


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Post-hardcore band The Used, comprising of Bert McCracken (lead singer), Quinn Allman (guitar/backing vocals), Jeph Howard (bass/backing vocals) and Dan Whitesides (drums/backing vocals), have come a long way from their acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2002, to where they are right now with their fifth album – Vulnerable. After 11 years, Gold and Platinum statuses in more than six countries, plus over 3 million records sold worldwide, the American band from Utah is back on tour, and dropped by Singapore last Saturday, the 18th of May.

Despite a less-than-full-house crowd making up mainly of hip youths and young adults, the energy of the public was tangible. For starters, local indie band Caracal made a surprise gig appearance at 8pm, showcasing their trademark soaring harmonic lines and heavy riffs. Lead singer KC Meals warmed up the audience with fist pumps.

The Used crowd

The public’s ecstatic anticipation was evident even before the show started, when members of The Used did some minor sound checks on stage. When the group finally took the stage, the greatest support was shown to lead singer Bert McCracken, who was decked in a pink T-shirt and three-quarters green fatigues shorts. Occasionally he would raise his hands with fingers pointed towards the sky and subsequently do the peace sign, which only got the crowd more excited and cheering louder.

No time was wasted as they got to what they did best, bringing the house down with their head-nodding post-hardcore songs. Amid a sea of coloured lights battling the ubiquitous smoke machine, the band launched into their opening song “Listening”.

The songs transitioned seamlessly as McCracken engaged and connected the audience by getting them to sing along. The set list included anthems such as “Put Me Out” and “I Come Alive” and slower numbers like ballads “Pieces Mended” and “On my Own”.

At one point McCracken  asked: “How the f@#$ are you feeling?” to which the crowd responded with reciprocal aggressive enthusiasm. He stated that the band might well be coming back to Singapore soon in their next tour, and, of course, received an immediate and euphoric response. 

The Used

The band breezed through a selection of old and new songs from their Vulnerable album, making the audience feel both comforted and challenged. Overall the event was as captivating as it was energizing. The vibe was revered by fans and non-fans alike. The catchy killer hooks accompanied by brutal, sharp, bright sounds showcased the intensity that emerged from The Used.


The photos are © Nur Amaly Affendy, Lionel Boon & Jared Rezel, courtesy of Live! Empire.