Brandon Steineckert always seemed the non-crazy one in the band, and, “The Used” tattoo inside his lower lip notwithstanding, the one with the most foresight, too. Since parting ways with the screamo foursome last September, the drummer joined Rancid and made headway in his side career as a producer (he worked on Searchlight’s Resident Evil-soundtrack cut “Contagious”). The Used, meanwhile, have released a steaming pile of a third full-length. The current tour seems to be the test; have ringleading frontmaniac Bert McCracken & Co. brought in a fellow tightrope-walker, or will new drummer Dan Whitesides assume Steineckert’s role as a much-needed safety net?
The Used with Army of Me, The Bled. October 7, 7 p.m., $24.50. The Pearl, 942-7777.