This morning, alternative mainstays The Used have shared the official and mind boggling visuals to their new album cut, ‘Paradise Lost, A Poem by John Milton’. Rather than leaving it there, the band have also firmed up the details from which the single was cut, confirming Heartwork will be out as soon as Friday, 24th April.
‘Paradise Lost’ and its visual stimuli bring forth an absolute fever dream energy, with queues taken directly from the mind of 17th century English poet and intellectual, John Milton. The kind of guy who says things like “better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven” is going to inspire some fairly loaded and vibrant content, as we see today.
“I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost,” shares McCracken. “I really dug deep into the poem and its author, John Milton. As I was reading a lot of his political essays I realized that a lot of what ’Satan’ says in Paradise Lost are quotes directly from John Milton’s own mouth.
A lot of people thought he was the devil back then. He had a huge problem with the show of opulence from the Church. He thought it was disgusting. His poem is about the failed revolution against the Church of England, which is Satan’s failed revolution on earth. And what’s more incredible or exciting than a failed revolution?”
The band have also confirmed the return of famed studio dweller John Feldmann, who was behind the desk for Heartwork. Feldmann’s fingerprints can be found all over the great moments in The Used’s catalogue including Maybe Memories, In Love and Death, Lies for the Liars and Vulnerable. As such, more of those classic The Used vibes this way comes.
In fact, McCracken himself says of the forthcoming record, ““The new album plays on the emotions, the sincerity, and the vulnerability of the first record and In Love and Death, with a little bit of the flair from Lies for the Liars.”
Lose yourself in the new single and video below. Preorders of Heartwork are available now.