Words by Nic Angeles | Photo by Brian Cox
The Used have finally announced their eighth album Heartwork, coming out April 24 via Big Noise.
Along with the announcement, a brand new single has also been released. Titled “Paradise Lost, A Poem By John Milton,” the song features influences from one of frontman Bert McCracken’s favorite authors.
Bert McCracken reflects, “I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost. 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 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,” shares McCracken of the John Feldmann-produced record.
“Standing in the streaming circle pit with Kesha and Halsey, the album is just as modern sounding. John Feldmann’s production is that professional. It sounds really good. Those are two really random examples, but I think if you listen to both of those records, the songs are all over the place: dance, pop, actual punk rock riffs and drums. I think music is so all over the place right now that The Used ﬁts in perfectly.”
Pre-save Heartwork and stream the new single here.