After being announced just a week ago, emo-punk titans The Used have unleashed the entirety of their Heartwork redux, beefing up the 2020 epic with a whopping 11 new tracks.
So now, with their album spanning a downright monolithic 80 minutes over 27 tracks, Bert McCracken and co. have made it clear they don’t fuck around when it comes to their studio endeavours. There’s enough new material here that it could have formed a new album altogether – but as The Used noted in a press release, all of it came together in the sessions that led to Heartwork, now presented unabridged as everything they committed to tape.
They wrote: “Not a moment of our time in the studio for the Heartwork sessions was wasted. It seemed that every new day brought with it a song worth listening to. Therefore, we are beyond proud to present to you all of the songs that didn’t make the record; the entirety of the session.”
Heartwork first hit shelves last April, marking The Used’s eighth studio album. Even before these 11 new jams were added, the LP was positively packed with top shelf collaborations: the band reeled in Blink-182 leader Mark Hoppus to co-write and the legendary John Feldmann to produce, with the likes of Jason Aalon Butler (Fever 333, Letlive), Caleb Shomo (Beartooth) and Travis Barker (also Blink, plus virtually every hip-hop/pop-punk fusion record of the few years).
It also marked another a smash hit for The Used, earning a swathe of critical acclaim and landing in the Top 5 on both the Billboard Alternative and Hard Rock charts.
The deluxe edition of Heartwork is out now, and you can get amongst it on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music or Deezer. You can also grab it on vinyl from the band’s webstore (alongside a stack of stunning new merch), pressed on a spicy ‘burnt orange’ marble. And if you’re not yet convinced that all the new stuff on the record is worth your time, The Used have also minted the new track ‘River Stay’ as a single. Check that below: