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The Used & Taking Back Sunday 10″ Split Out September 9th

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To celebrate the final leg of their North American co-headlining tour together this fall, The Used have announced that they will release a limited edition 10″ Split with Taking Back Sunday on September 9th. It is available for pre-order now here: http://bit.ly/splitpreorder.

This special release features a single and rare b-side from each band. It includes The Used’s “Revolution” off Imaginary Enemy and b-side “Money Monster” as well as Taking Back Sunday’s “Flicker, Fade” off Happiness Is and b-side “How I Met Your Mother.”

 

 

 

 

Only 1000 copies are available on two vinyl variants:

–       500 black and dark blue half and half vinyl (webstore/tour exclusive)

–       500 on black vinyl (retail)

Limited copies are available for pre-order now in the Hopeless Records webstore here: http://bit.ly/splitpreorder. The remaining copies will be available from select retailers in the US and directly from the band on their upcoming tour dates.

Split track listing:

SIDE A

1. Taking Back Sunday – Flicker, Fade
2. The Used – Revolution
3. Taking Back Sunday – How I Met Your Mother
4. The Used – Money Monster

 

SIDE B

Heart and Panther Etching

 

The Used’s North American co-headlining tour with Taking Back Sunday and frnkiero andthe cellabration (Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance) kicks off on September 8 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH. The band will also hit the Chicago and Denver stops of RIOT FEST before wrapping up their fall touring with two special shows with letlive in Tucson, AZ and Las Vegas, NV in October. Purchase tickets now at www.theused.net/tour.

 

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

All dates with Taking Back Sunday and frnkiero andthe cellabration unless noted

* with Taking Back Sunday only

^ with letlive

 

AUG 21                      HQ                                                  Adelaide, AU *

AUG 22                      Eatons Hill Hotel                             Brisbane, AU *

AUG 23                      UNSW Roundhouse                       Sydney, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 25                      170 Russell                                    Melbourne, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 26                      170 Russell                                    Melbourne, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 30                      Bazooka Rocks                              Quezon City, PH *

SEP 08                      LC Pavilion                                      Columbus, OH

SEP 10                      Stage AE                                         Pittsburgh, PA

SEP 12                      Orbit Room                                      Grand Rapids, MI

SEP 13                      RIOT FEST                                      Chicago, IL

SEP 14                      Egyptian Room                                Indianapolis, IN

SEP 16                      The Myth                                          St. Paul, MN

SEP 17                      The District                                       Sioux Falls, SD

SEP 19                      KC Live! (FREE)                              Kansas City, MO

SEP 20                      RIOT FEST                                      Denver, CO

SEP 21                      Shrine Auditorium                            Billings, MT

SEP 23                      Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium            Idaho Falls, ID

SEP 25                      Showbox Sodo                                Seattle, WA

SEP 26                      Roseland Theater                            Portland, OR

SEP 29                      MacEwan Hall                                 Calgary, AB

SEP 30                      Union Hall                                        Edmonton, AB                     

OCT 02                      Burton Cummings Theatre              Winnipeg, MB          

OCT 03                      The Venue                                       Fargo, ND                

OCT 04                      7 Flags Event Center                      Des Moines, IA        

OCT 06                      The Pageant                                   St. Louis, MO

OCT 08                      The Rialto Theater                          Tucson, AZ  ^

OCT 09                      Brooklyn Bowl                                 Las Vegas, NV ^  

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REVIEW: Love Crushed Velvet–Delusions EP

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Starting off like the theme song to Dr. Who, “Revolution Time” makes me stop in my tracks. Did I click on the right album? But as it kicks up, my ears pique, and my head begins to nod. A.L.X.’s gruff voice coming through the speakers, along with the steady drum beat is hard to ignore. Then, of course, there is a serendipitous, melodious moment, accompanied by piano, and gospel-esque sounds. This is rock and roll at its finest.

“Bye Bye Baby” is all about the end of a relationship. The chorus is ridiculously catchy, and by the second time it comes around, it’s easy to find yourself singing along happily. Considering the fact that the song isn’t about the most cheerful of topics, something about this song, perhaps its boppy energy, makes it come off as a happy one.

Continuing on with “Spotlight,” Love Crushed Velvet manages to captivate attention. This track is easily the most haunting, if not almost hypnotic, especially basing this off of the verses and the simple, repetitive plucking of the guitar.

“Jane, Your Light Won’t Change” is a like a flashback to the early days of grunge. It’s alluring, smooth, and blends beautifully into the rest of the EP. Easily a standout track that is poetic lyrically, and intriguing musically.

“Love Leave The Lights On” takes on an almost-beachy tone during its introduction. Then the drums kick in alongside the guitar, and something takes me back to the days when ska dominated my iPod, and I half expected a trumpet to come blaring through the speakers. The piano melodies on this track are also worth noting, alongside the “Na na na na na na na”s sung by A.L.X. towards the end. Each element adds to the infectiousness of the song.

Finishing the EP off with “One Hundred Days” was a genius idea. It seems made to cap off the album. It’s catchy and fun, but is a total contradiction, much to my amusement. This is the song that you blare as you cruise down the road, with the windows down, the sun streaming in, and a scream begging to be released. If freedom could be written into a piece of music, this would have a fighting chance of being it.

Delusions is like a small book, a novella, if you will. Each track seems to be a narrative told in first person. It’s the perfect follow-up to Love Crushed Velvet’s acclaimed debut; it lives up to the expectations placed before it, and the subtle stylistic changes have proven to be a genius idea.

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