Interviews Music — 15 May 2012
The Used’s Bert McCracken Talks “Vulnerable” and NYC with

It’s been a trying year for Utah’s The Used. Following a fall offstage by frontman Bert McCracken in early 2011 resulting in a broken elbow and hand, a subsequent surgery, and a change in record labels, the band re-emerged in early 2012 with the release of their fifth studio album “Vulnerable,” featuring the lead single “I Come Alive.” Meshing the synth beats of an electro artist, a vibe of hip hop infused swagger, and the raw, emotional lyrics we’ve come to expect from The Used, ‘Vulnerable’ certainly appears to be the band’s most eclectic effort yet.

In just a few days, the band will be making their triumphant return to New York City, bringing openers Dead Sara and Stars in Stereo along for the ride. With a new album inspiring them and a rowdy collection of raucous fans sure to fill the house, Irving Plaza will literally have its roof blown off on Monday night, May 21st. And in anticipation of the band’s local stop, sat down with vocalist Bert McCracken for an exclusive interview. Listen in as we discuss the band’s new release “Vulnerable” (available now), how the band’s approach to creating music has evolved, his memories of performing in Manhattan, and so much more. And if you can’t make it out to catch The Used at Irving Plaza on May 21st, you can rest easy. will have a full recap and pictures for you first thing the next morning to fill you in on what you missed.

- Jane Van Arsdale

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