Bert McCracken of The Used Lets His Guard Down In Atlantic City Check Out Photos of The Used, LateWaves and Can't Swim From The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ-
“… The Used are one of those bands that transcend the boundaries of most genres of contemporary music, and just being known as a rock band doesn’t tell the entire story. Combining elements of pop-punk, alternative and post-hardcore with a bit of emo The Used have created a musical style that incorporates a hard driving but melodic sonic approach laced with strong vocal harmonies and lyrics. The Used have been a band since 2001 with current members being Bert McCracken on lead vocals, Jeph Howard on bass and backing vocals, Dan Whiteside on drums and Joey Bradford on guitar and backing vocals. The Used latest album The Canyon dropped in 2017 via Hopeless Records.
The Used started their set with “Take it Away” off the bands 2004 album, In Love and Death, a song that woke the crowd up with its fast grinding tempo and dark lyrics. The band continued to push hard with the next song “Bird and the Worm” the crowd was wild, dancing, moshing and crowd surfing as they sang every word right back at the band. Watching the crowd’s reaction to the music really put things in perspective, the emotional response and mutual respect showing the impact of a veteran band, playing for a crowd that probably grew up on this music.
As the set went on Bert McCracken let down his guard, talking with the crowd about his sobriety, his supportive fans cheering loudly when he proclaimed he’s been sober for seven years. The Used continued to work through a set of early material that took the crowd all the way back to 2004, the bond between the band and its fans undeniable. Music has the ability to take you back to a time in your life, either good or bad, and based on the reaction of the energetic and at times emotional crowd, this show was quite the journey.
Getting things started for session one were two stand out local bands, Late Waves and Can’t Swim. Big props to the festival organizers for including local music in this lineup, both bands were perfect a perfect stylistic fit that the crowd really seemed to enjoy…”