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The Used Explore Feeling “Numb” Ahead of Ninth Album Release

The Used Spring 2023
Photo by: Yeshua “Yoshi” Flores

Alt-rock idols The Used have launched their latest single “Numb” pulled from their tenth forthcoming full-length, Toxic Positivity, set to drop May 19 via Big Noise.

Leaning into their knack for honing in on the all-too-relatable, overpowering emotions associated with mental health struggles, The Used’s brand-new track explores the sensation of feeling like a ghost in your own skin when everything around you is too much and not enough all at once. Vocalist Bert McCracken’s piercing shrieks in the track’s recurring line, “Does anybody else feel numb?” is an indication of the recognizable emotions attached to anxiety and depression, and a welcome reminder that no one is facing these overwhelming sensibilities alone. Check out The Used’s latest effort below.

The monstrous track is the second preview of the band’s eagerly-awaited, forthcoming album. Toxic Positivity follows the release of the band’s 2020 full-length Heartwork, which saw them heavily lean into their roots and address the intrusive, negative emotions connected to mental health. In The Used’s signature fashion, the title, Toxic Positivity, offers a juxtaposition of the pressure that comes with constantly suppressing negative or intrusive thoughts and masking those emotions with forced optimism. If “Numb” and “People Are Vomit” is any indication of what’s to follow on the group’s forthcoming 11-track studio album, day-one fans are in for an overload of emotion, vulnerability, and heavy-hitting anthems. Check out the full tracklisting for Toxic Positivity below.

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Toxic Positivity Album Artwork

Toxic Positivity Tracklist
Worst I’ve Ever Been
I Hate Everybody
Pinky Swear
Dancing With a Brick Wall
Top of the World
House of Sand
Giving Up

The Used is currently gearing up for The Creative Control Tour with Pierce The Veil, Don Broco, DeathbyRomy, and girlfriends. You can check out their tour dates below and grab tickets here.

Tour Dates:

  • May 23—Austin, TX @ HEB Center at Cedar Park
  • May 24—New Orleans, LA @ The Fillmore
  • May 26—Tampa, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • May 27—Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheatre
  • May 28—St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • May 30—Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
  • May 31—Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
  • June 2—Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
  • June 3—Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
  • June 5—New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
  • June 6—Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
  • June 7—Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
  • June 9—Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at Mann
  • June 10—Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena
  • June 12—Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
  • June 13—New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
  • June 15—Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center
  • June 16—Coraopolis, PA @ UPMC Events Center
  • June 17—Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
  • June 19—Grand Rapids, MI @ GLC Live at 20 Monroe
  • June 21—Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
  • June 22—Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
  • June 24—Dallas, TX @ Fair Park
  • June 25—Wichita, KS @ WAVE
  • June 28—Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
  • June 29—Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
  • July 1—Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheater
  • July 2—Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Financial Theatre
Creative Control Tour
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