The Used Biography
Last updated: 05/10/2012 11:00:00 AM
On October 5, 1999 a 4-piece band known as "Dumb Luck" was formed by Quinn Allman, Jeph Howard, Branden Steineckert and Ashton Johnson. Not long after the release of their EP, Dumb Luck went through a few line-up changes. Dumb Luck was short-lived. Eventually the band was forced to change its name. They changed it to "Used" when singer Jeph Howard moved to bass and Bert McCracken took over the vocals. The band sent their songs to the producer John Feldman from the punk group Goldfinger. After he heard "A Box Full of Sharp Objects" he called them in for a demo. In 2001, the band finished the demo and he got them signed to Reprise Records all within a few months of meeting them. "Used" then had to change their name to "The Used" when it was discovered that a Boston band had already taken that name. Since then, The Used have released two platinum studio albums.
Present Day and Future Plans
The Used released their third album Lies for the Liars on May 22 2007, and plan on releasing 2 EPs according to an interview in the May 2007 article of Blunt Magazine. The EPs are expected to be released later this year and early next year. They are also planning on releasing a live DVD of their Australian tour, however it is unknown which show will appear on the DVD as both the Melbourne and Sydney shows were filmed, on the 26th and 27th of May 2007 (respectively).
Bert McCracken - Lead Vocals, Piano
Quinn Allman - Guitar, Backup Vocals
Jeph Howard - Bass, Backup Vocals
Dan Whitesides - Drums
Greg Bester - Touring Gutarist - Played with band on tour in early 2000s but has returned to his native country.
Branden Steineckert - Drums, Backup Vocals - Branden was kicked out of the band in the summer of 2006.
Dean Butterworth - Drums - Dean recorded the drums for Lies for the Liars after Branden was kicked out of the band.
The line up remained unchanged until September 12, 2006 when announced that Steineckert was no longer the drummer of The Used. The Used expressed that they needed to move forward without him but owed him a great deal of gratitude for all his hard work over the years. All the same, they wished him the best for his future endeavours. Later that year, it was announced drummer Dan Whitesides from the New Transit Direction replaced Branden Steineckert. Steineckert has since joined Rancid to replace former drummer Brett Reed.
Thanks to sarah for submitting the biography.