There is a lot going on in Paradise Lost, the epic poem first published by English poet John Milton in 1667. Every line — and there are more than 10,000 of them — is meaningful, and it’s a crucial component of most collegiate English coursework. Emo/rockers The Used, obviously motivated by the epic poem and its legacy, premiered a new song on Friday.
Titled “Paradise Lost a poem by John Milton,” the song was released on Friday by the Utah-based band as a preview of its new album, Heartwork.
The corresponding music for the video is a lot to process, visually, taking more than a few cues from the literary work and turning them into jarring video accompaniment. Musically, the track ought to appeal to fans of the Used’s early 2000s-era records, and is an intriguing preview of the record to come.
Said vocalist Bert McCracken of this song and its inspiration:
“I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost,” shares McCracken. “I really dug deep into the poem and its author, John Milton. As I was reading a lot of his political essays I realized that a lot of what ‘Satan’ says in Paradise Lost are quotes directly from John Milton’s own mouth. A lot of people thought he was the devil back then. He had a huge problem with the show of opulence from the Church. He thought it was disgusting. His poem is about the failed revolution against the Church of England, which is Satan’s failed revolution on earth. And what’s more incredible or exciting than a failed revolution?”
Heartwork will be released on April 24 via Big Noise, and was produced by John Feldmann, who has a lengthy history of producing albums from the Used.
Heartwork will be the first album from the band since 2017’s The Canyon. “Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton” is the second new song premiere from the band in recent months, joining “Blow Me,” which surfaced in early December.
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