The Used Line-Up Short West Coast Run for October

After performing this summer at the Vans Warped Tour, The Used have just announced a short string of West Coast dates this fall.

The mini-trek kicks off on October 15th in Fresno, and finishes up on October 23rd in Boise, Idaho. In-fact, the tour is so short and sweet that I’ll reproduce the dates here, which I never do, because today, I’m feeling nice.

10/15 — Fresno, Calif. — Strummer’s
10/16 — Sacramento Calif — Ace of Spades
10/17 — Pomona, Calif. — LA County Fairplex
10/19 — Santa Cruz, Calif. — The Catalyst
10/20 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory
10/22 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory
10/23 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory

The band’s upcoming tour is, presumably, in support of their latest album Vulnerable, released in 2012, and their recent EP The Ocean of the Sky, released July of this year.

Vulnerable was a pretty impressive success, debuting at no. 8 on the Billboard Top 200. The Ocean of the Sky, was only marginally less successful, as EPs always are, peaking at no. 10 on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart. Still, pretty good.

In a video exploring the making of The Ocean of the Sky, Used singer and frontman Bert McCracken explained that the EP was inspired by the writings of James Joyce and William S. Burroughs, and touches upon long-time Used themes:

“I think The Used has always tried to make music that kind of touches on humanity. Human issues (of) death and life and birth, the cycle of life, oppression. And maybe challenges that we face and the way to deal with challenges and to overcome troubles and problems in life.”

Support will come from special guest William Control, who recently suffered the loss of his father, writing on his official website “To my old man, I love you forever. RIP.” Hopefully, some good old-fashioned touring will keep his mind off the whole thing.