All photos by Joe Ortega
We all know the songs: “Taste Of Ink,” “A Box Full Of Sharp Objects,” “Blue And Yellow,” “Take It Away,” “All That I’ve Got,” “I Caught Fire.”
Hell, these were more than just songs growing up. For those who blew through their teenage years screaming along to lyrics like “As we trudge along through the mud, and we tried to call it home” or “You almost always pick the best times, to drop the worst lines,” these “songs” were an escape. No, they were an angsty three-to-four minute opportunity to actually abandon reality and, most importantly, understand yourself at a time when you were your most vulnerable.
And now, years later, thanks to The Used’s 15-year anniversary tour celebrating both their timeless self-titled and In Love In Death records, some of us are being re-reminded of just how crucial these tracks were.
Currently out on the second leg of their journey through the early 2000′s, Bert McCraken, Jepha Howard, Justin Shekoski and Dan Whitesides paid a visit to Austin, Texas where our trusted photographer companion Joe Ortega (yes, the same Joe Ortega who got you up-close-and-personal with Blink-182) was able to capture some magnificent shots of the band in action.
To relieve the memories of, well, “Maybe Memories,” “Buried Myself Alive,” “On My Own,” “Cut Up Angels,” “Listening,” “I’m A Fake” and many more, be sure to look below. Afterwards, make sure to pick up tickets to see The Used out on the road here.