AS GOOD AS NEW

It’s been 15 years since the Used’s ex­plo­sive de­but al­bum. but What has the past decade­and-a-half taught bert?

Kerrang! (UK) - - The Used -

RE­FLEC­TION IS HEALTHY…

“It’s nice to look back, be­cause art re­de­fines it­self in its own con­text. So it’s cool to play those old songs, to see what The Taste Of Ink means to me now, in that fo­rum of free­dom and ex­pres­sion. Those snap­shots of emo­tion, cap­tured in those times are still so rel­e­vant and im­por­tant in 2017. It cap­tures a mo­ment of youth that still ex­ists in all of us.”

…BUT DON’T OB­SESS ABOUT THE PAST

“Liv­ing in the mo­ment is key, for those fa­mil­iar with Alan Watts and the philo­soph­i­cal con­cept of ‘the fu­ture’. Now is only now, and that’s it. Even my worst tat­toos I’m fine with these days, like the stick man on my side. I feel like it’s just ev­i­dence of me, that I was here. Em­brace all the shitty things, be­cause those are the mo­ments that teach us the most.”

YOU’LL FIND YOUR WAY

“I’ve strug­gled to find my path in the past. I think that’s nat­u­ral. But in the past year I’ve learned that I’m ca­pa­ble of find­ing paths I didn’t know ex­isted, for my­self and oth­ers. Peo­ple tell me things they don’t tell their best friends.to lose my­self in other peo­ple’s prob­lems makes me a ves­sel: fill me with your neg­a­tiv­ity and I’ll deal with it in my own way.”

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