A year ago I thought it was over, no more decent punk-rock bands, no more fun, no more nothing. After a dull year in the punk scene, I heard that Sum 41 is going to play at the APMA’s(Alternative Press Music Awards), and I was like ‘how? weren’t they separated?’. I was surprised to see Deryck Whibley with Cone McCaslin on that same stage again and what was even cooler is that Dave ‘brownsound’ Baksh also joined them on stage and there was it, Sum 41 was officially back.
Ever since 1996, the band had an interesting journey and after Whibley’s alcohol problems that led to the disband, fans thought that Sum 41 is over. Fortunately, the lead singer did pick up his life, rehabilitated himself and started to focus on making music again. Although the APMA’s show made fans realize that Sum 41 might still return to the music industry, earlier in July they’ve put their upcoming album for pre-sale on PledgeMusic. Sum 41 is currently recording and will probably release the new album next year.
Taking into consideration that Bring Me the Horizon released ‘That’s the spirit’ after going through rehab and rediscovering themselves we must expect something similar from Whibley only in a punk-rock style. That’s the first thing I expect from the new album that it won’t change its style. Another thing I expect from Deryck is to write a song in which he shows some kind of an apology to all the people he has hurt while dealing with alcoholism. Although I don’t want to admit it, there might be some emotional songs that will convey his experience with rehab. Let’s just hope it won’t be the case, because I would really like to hear some more fun songs about life and how it doesn’t change even after a horrible experience.
Kids today need to learn what good music is all about and Sum 41 managed to create unique songs with a punk-rock/metal attitude making me and other people have a great time while listening to them. They really managed to show us what ‘having fun’ really means back then and I really hope they will do the same with this upcoming album and maybe my inner-child will rise again and RIOT. A lot of the bands I was listening to during my teenager years have grown up and released very mature albums with various messages but that is not what I want to hear from Sum 41. Don’t get me wrong some changes once in a while aren’t that bad, for example take Linkin Park’s case, they’ve started with Hybrid Theory and Meteora which were alternative/nu-metal rock albums. They’ve reached a point where they felt more mature and created A thousand Suns and ‘Living Things’ in which they’ve completely changed their musical style but in the end(it doesn’t even matter), they realized that old-school is the best school. But then again, Sum 41 was never that kind of a band that you’ll ever see growing up, they are that fun cool dudes who are still rocking it. They don’t need to change their style because they know their fans are expecting them to write the same kind of songs.
Here is a song to remind you what Sum 41 is all about: