The Used at SF Masonic by Estefany Gonzalez

The Used (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)

Celebrating the release of the band’s seventh studio album The Canyon after holding a special acoustic performance at Amoeba Music in Berkeley that reached the record stores capacity,  The Used performed for a packed room at SF Masonic on October 27.

It’s been more than 15 years since the band’s debut self-titled album, yet the band’s brutal honesty and fearlessness for writing about difficult moments are still present after all these years. Starting out by writing about harsh topics such as self-harm, depression, and addiction there is no topic the band is afraid to touch.

A notable moment in the set included a stripped down version of “For you,” a song on the new record singer Bert McCracken wrote about the loss of his close friend Tregen Lewis. It was a quiet acoustic moment in a high energy set which included a vast representation of the band’s musical catalog.

Though the night marked the official release of the bands longest record to date and the first album since the departure of original guitarist Quinn Allman who was replaced by former Saosin guitarist Justin Shekoski, most of the songs on the setlist included cult classic songs. Songs such as “The Taste Of Ink” from the self-titled were eagerly received and turned into instant sing-alongs. Other songs like “I’m a Fake” off In Love and Death turned the general admission floor into a giant mosh-pit, proving that after all these years, the songs mean just as much to fans as they did when they first released. Perhaps in 15 years songs off the new album will too become cult classics.