The Amazing Return of Sum 41
There is nothing that we love more than awesome Canadian music, and Sum 41 was a burst of creative energy from Ontario from the second they began. Originally blending a Beastie Boys type of rap with catchy late 90’s/early 00’s pop-punk, they got people on their feet and going crazy with early hits like “Fat Lip”. Bringing their own unique flavor to the pop, punk, and rock scene, the band continued to rise in success and mature in their sound over the next few years. Their 2004 release, Chuck, showed that they had the ability to dive in deeper lyrically than just partying and angst.
After touring for their release, Screaming Bloody Murder, the band took a break from touring to record again in 2012-13. However, in May of 2014, founding member Deryck Whibley posted on his personal site that he had liver and kidney failure. This was due to the excessive drinking that he had participated in for years on tour. He also announced that he had some cool ideas for new songs and wanted to make a new Sum 41 album.
Well, later in 2014, Deryck started working on new music in his home studio and began really diving into the new album. In early 2015, around March, the band’s Facebook page posted a snippet of a song that had never been heard before, and the buzz got even more intense. Everyone was ready to see what the new Sum 41, with a clean and sober Whibley, could do.
After a successful PledgeMusic campaign to record the comeback record, Sum 41 returned to the stage at the Alternative Press Awards in July of 2015. The stage was set for one of those amazing comebacks that young fans of Sum 41 that were now in their late 20’s to early 40’s could only dream of at one point.
Well, the wait is over, on June 1, 2016, the band released the new song, “Fake My Own Death”, through Hopeless Records. They put it out on YouTube with a full music video, and the wait was officially over. So, what was the return of Sum 41 going to be? Was it going to be the monumental comeback that everyone hoped, similar to the way that bands like Descendents seem to keep coming back better than ever? Or was it going to be a mediocre money grab followed by a greatest hits tour?
Well, you absolutely have to check it out for yourself, but yours truly loves it! It has all of the energy of early Sum 41 with the lyrical chops of the Chuck era of the band. It definitely seems to come from the dark experiences that Whibley had from years of substance abuse, addiction and then serious health problems. However, the song is catchy and melodic, while being aggressive enough to start a mosh pit at their upcoming shows.
Go check it out for yourself on YouTube and see how you feel about the band’s return!
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