Song Review: The Used Unveils “Rise Up Lights” off of ‘The Canyon’, out 10/27

If you haven’t heard it by now, here’s your chance– as of October 23rd, Babetalk favourites The Used released their second single, “Rise Up Lights” in support of their new album The Canyon. While some fans of the band weren’t prepared for the sinister pop-punk of their first single “Over and Over Again“, “Rise Up Lights” seems to go further into the dark side that the former track only hinted at. Sounding like the missing link between Lies For The Liars and Artwork, the track is full of an evil rage as Bert McCracken wails out lines like “I dream the same thing over again, the flames of afterlife” and of course the simple yet sharp (no pun intended) chorus “You’re razorblades, your razorblades. All apologies“. The track is a welcomed punk return for The Used, as Bert’s voice haunts every lyric that drips with blood, while the heavy guitar riffs provided by Justin Shekoski make it impossible to stay still. With the quality of Bert’s vocals in comparison to the production value of the instrumental, it’s a call back to their earlier albums– it’s raw in every way, but the track shows the growth and maturity of these alt. and hardcore vets.

The Canyon Tracklisting
1. For You
2. Cold War Telescreen
3. Broken Windows
4. Rise Up Lights
5. Vertigo Cave
6. Pretty Picture
7. Funeral Post
8. Upper Falls
9. The Divine Absence (This Is Water)
10. Selfies In Aleppo
11. Moving The Mountain (Odysseus Surrenders)
12. Over and Over Again
13. The Quiet War
14. Moon-Dream
15. The Nexus
16. About You (No Songs Left to Sing)
17. The Mouth Of The Canyon


And then there’s the lyric video. With optical effects, varying religious imagery, and morbidly haunting clips woven throughout, you’re left feeling… almost dirty. Dirty in a good way– the kind of dirty that comes with heavy, grime covered rock– it makes your skin crawl as you crave more. This bizarre video ties into the larger universe that The Used has created so far for The Canyon. For instance, their video for “Over and Over Again” was just as flashy and poppy as the single would let on– especially if you listened for more than 30 seconds. As the song gets weirder and darker, so does the video, making you question what the HELL is going on. It seems as though that’s what the band wants with this album– they want you to explore reality and the concept there of; when speaking to the reality of The Canyon is, Bert states “That’s what this record is – it’s a moment of silence for what’s real”.

We’re super excited for this release by The Used— it’s out TOMORROW on all platforms, and it’s sure to be a monster of a record. In support of The Canyon, The Used is also embarking on a monster of a tour– with the elusive legends Glassjaw. I repeat. GLASSJAW. The dual headlining tour kicks off tomorrow, the day of release, in San Fransisco and goes all the way until 11/29, ending in Seattle. This is a tour you do NOT want to miss, so follow the link provided to grab tickets to your local date (dates posted below).


Upcoming Tour Dates:

10/27        San Francisco, CA     The Masonic
10/28        Los Angeles, CA        Palladium
10/30        Denver, CO                Fillmore Auditorium
10/31        Kansas City, MO        Uptown Theatre
11/2           Milwaukee, WI          Eagles Ballroom
11/3           Chicago, IL                 Aragon Ballroom
11/5           Grand Rapids, MI     20 Monroe Live
11/7           Boston, MA                House of Blues
11/8          New York, NY            Terminal 5
11/10        Philadelphia, PA       The Fillmore
11/12         Sayreville, NJ            Starland Ballroom                      
11/14         Silver Spring, MD    The Fillmore
11/15         Nashville, TN            War Memorial Auditorium
11/17         San Antonio, TX       The Vibes Event Center
11/18         Houston, TX             Revention Music Center
11/19         Dallas, TX                  Southside Ballroom
11/21         Phoenix, AZ              The Van Buren
11/24        Las Vegas, NV           House of Blues
11/25        Salt Lake City, UT    The Complex
11/28        Portland, OR             Roseland Theatre
11/29        Seattle, WA                Showbox SoDo


Last modified: October 26, 2017