Sum 41

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Sum 41

Sum 41 at Rock am Ring 2017
Sum 41 at Rock am Ring 2017
General information
Genre (s) Punk rock , alternative rock , alternative metal , pop-punk
founding 1996
Current occupation
Deryck Whibley (since 1996)
Jason McCaslin (since 1999)
Electric guitar, keyboard, background vocals
Tom Thacker (since 2007)
Electric guitar, background vocals
Dave Baksh (1997-2006, since 2015)
Frank Zummo (since 2015)
former members
Drums, backing vocals
Steve Jocz (1996-2013)
Electric guitar, vocals
Marc Costanzo (1996–1997)
Electric bass, backing vocals
Richard Roy (1997-1999)
Electric bass, backing vocals
Mark Spicoluk (1996-1997)

Sum 41 is a punk rock band that formed on July 31, 1996 (41 days after the beginning of summer) in Ajax , Canada and has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. The band currently consists of Deryck Whibley (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Jason McCaslin (bass), Tom Thacker (guitar, keyboard), Dave Baksh (guitar) and Frank Zummo (drums). Long-time drummer and co-founder of the band, Steve Jocz , left the band in 2013.

In 2001 they achieved their international breakthrough with the hit single Fat Lip and the accompanying album All Killer, No Filler , and seven more studio albums have followed since then. The band won two Juno Awards and was nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance .

Band history

The Beginnings and Half Hour of Power (1996-2000)

In 1996 the two high school students Deryck “Bizzy D” Whibley and Steve “Stevo 32” Jocz decided to start their own band out of boredom. From NOFX - cover band called Kaspir later Sum 41 was the name refers to the band's formation, this took place 41 days after the beginning of summer. In the same year, Mark Spicoluk (bass) and Mark Costanzo (guitar) joined them, but the line-up varied very often in the first few years. In 1997 Dave "Brownsound" Baksh (guitar, vocals) replaced Mark Costanzo and they also said goodbye to Mark Spicoluk. He was replaced at short notice by Richard "Twitch" Roy (bass), who stayed in the band until 1999, when Jason "Cone" McCaslin took over this role.

In 1998 the band released their first demo tape entitled Rock Out with Your Cock Out and sent it to various record labels. They also recorded many self-made hobby films in 1998 and 1999, which are included on their DVD Introduction to Destruction , which was released in 2001, in addition to a concert at the Astoria in London.

The first songs of the formation, which tried to play live gigs as often as possible, were still very much oriented towards fun punk and skate punk. After two appearances as part of the Vans Warped Tour, the first major labels became aware of the group, whereupon they signed a record deal with a larger label called Mercury Records and released the EP Half Hour of Power on June 27, 2000 . The band's first single, which featured two videos, was Makes No Difference . One video was a cut from some of their hobby videos, in the second clip they played their song at a house party. The EP achieved notable success and also achieved gold status in Canada, so the band quickly started recording their first album.

All Killer, No Filler and Does This Look Infected? (2001-2003)

Sum 41 had a worldwide breakthrough in 2001 with their first album All Killer, No Filler , which was released on May 8, 2001 and was a huge success: It went platinum in Canada, Great Britain and the USA. Fat Lip , the first single, was also a commercial success and immediately gave the band enormous popularity. The single reached number 1 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Charts and had high-profile radio airplay. After Fat Lip , three more singles, In Too Deep , Motivation and Handle This , were released, which were also successful. In order to promote the album and due to the great demand, Sum 41 toured for a very long time in 2001: They played over 300 concerts, had numerous television appearances and among other things opened a show by Blink-182 . Then they went back to the studio to record their next album.

After a few festival appearances in the summer, at which Sum 41 already introduced a few new songs, the second studio album, Does This Look Infected? , which went platinum in Canada and gold in the US. The singles Still Waiting , The Hell Song and Over My Head (Better off Dead) were released, which also achieved a high level of airplay on the radio.

After another major tour, Sum 41 released the live DVD Sake Bombs and Happy Endings in 2003 , which included a complete concert in Tokyo. The band was also featured on Iggy Pop's 2003 album Skull Ring , as the feature Little Know It All , which Iggy Pop wrote with Deryck, was the first single. Finally Sum 41 took a little break in late 2003 to record their next album.

Chuck and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2004-2006)

Singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley .

In 2004, when their next album was as good as finished, the band traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to shoot a documentary on behalf of the peace organization War Child about the civil war that has raged since 1998 and its effects on the children. However, the group's hotel came under fire from two hostile ethnic groups, whereupon the band was escorted from the hotel to the plane by UNO employee Chuck Pelletier . After these shocking experiences, Deryck wrote the song We're All to Blame , which was so well received by everyone that it was also recorded for the new album and even released as the first single. With this song, the group processes their excursion and the knowledge gained from it.

To thank Chuck Pelletier for saving their lives, Sum 41 named their third studio album after him. Chuck was released on October 12, 2004 and achieved platinum status in Canada and gold status in the US and Japan. Furthermore, it was awarded the Juno Award in the Rock Album of the year category in 2005 and received mostly positive reviews from critics. The singles We're All to Blame , Pieces , Some Say and No Reason were particularly successful in Canada, where Pieces even made it to number 1 and achieved high airplay worldwide.

Chuck took a different direction musically, which had already been suggested on the previous albums: The songs were more mature and varied, the lyrics dealt with more serious topics and the music increasingly included influences from the metal genre. In addition, Pieces, the first ballad in the band's history, was included on the album. With the new record in their luggage, Sum 41 went on a major world tour in 2005, which they called Go Chuck Yourself and released a live album of the same name on March 7, 2006 with recordings of the tour. In Japan, the same album was released on December 21, 2005 under the name Happy Live Surprise . In addition, the DVD Rocked: Sum 41 was released in Congo on November 29, 2005 , which contained the documentary she had shot last year. After the tour Sum 41 took a break again.

Exit of Dave Baksh and Underclass Hero (2006-2008)

Bass player Jason "Cone" McCaslin .

On May 11, 2006 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh left the band to devote himself to his new project Brown Brigade, which is more oriented towards classic metal. Dave cited creative differences as the reason for leaving and said that he and the others were still friends. In the same year, the long-time manager and producer Greig Nori left the band, and Deryck married his long-time girlfriend Avril Lavigne in the summer of 2006 .

When it was time again for Sum 41 to record a new album, singer Deryck Whibley wasn't sure whether there would still be a band after what had happened in the past. The record should only be created if all members felt like it. Since this was the case, the recordings started and Deryck later reported that they had not been so united since their first album. They did not replace Dave Baksh, but recorded the album as a threesome, Deryck also acted as producer. Finally, the fourth studio album Underclass Hero was released on July 27, 2007 , from which, in addition to the title track, Walking Disaster and With Me emerged as singles. Even before the album was released, the song March of the Dogs was available as a sample on iTunes .

The lyrics of the new songs are very personal, singer and songwriter Deryck Whibley dealt with problems such as growing up without a father and the departure of Dave Baksh. Musically, the songs are based more on the band's early years in the direction of pop / punk. Underclass Hero was awarded gold in Canada and Japan, where it also reached number 1 on the charts. The album also made it to the top of the US rock charts.

Since their tour for the album in 2007, Sum 41 has been joined by Thomas “Brown Tom” Thacker (guitar, vocals), who is a founding member of the band Gob and replaces Dave Baksh when performing live. Contrary to initial statements that he would not be seen in press photos or TV appearances, but only at concerts, he has been a full member of the band since mid-2009 and also participates in the creative processes.

During the tour in question, Deryck Whibley suffered a slipped disc at a concert in late 2007, after which the band had to cancel many concerts, which were rescheduled in 2008. At a concert on March 27, 2008 in Toronto, Dave Baksh took the traditionally last song, Pain for Pleasure, on stage and played the last chord. Since there were many rumors afterwards, Deryck made it clear in an interview that Dave Baksh would not return to the band.

In July 2008 the band began to write new songs after a short break.

Greatest Hits and Screaming Bloody Murder (2008-2012)

On November 26, 2008, Sum 41 released a best-of album in Japan called 8 Years of Blood, Sake and Tears . It contains all the singles from the years 2000 to 2008, the accompanying videos, a new song called Always and a newly recorded version of Makes No Difference . At the request of many fans, the album was released worldwide on March 17th, 2009 under the name Sum 41 - All the Good Shit and was given a new artwork.

In late 2008, there was a press release showing that Universal Music is pulling out the contract option for a new Sum 41 EP in 2009 due to the success of Underclass Hero , which sold over a million copies worldwide. Frontman and songwriter Deryck announced on the official website as well as on MySpace that they have a lot of new music, which is why the EP is now to become a new album.

Although the recordings for the new album were already completed in June 2010, the release of the LP was delayed until spring 2011 due to the label. In the meantime, Sum 41 has already played many concerts, including the complete Vans Warped Tour in the USA and Canada . However, due to a car accident involving drummer Steve, the group could not complete the appearances at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park planned for summer 2010 , as a replacement for the unusual festival appearances , Sum 41 came to Europe for some concerts in the fall of that year and also played as headliners on the Eastpak Antidote Tour , which also took her several times through Germany.

On July 6, 2010, a new song called Skumfuk appeared on YouTube , but it was not mixed yet and was not put online by the band or their record company, but apparently by third parties. However, it has been confirmed that the song will be on the new album. Shortly afterwards, the band published the song again on YouTube with a video of the highlights from current concerts.

On March 25, 2011, the new album Screaming Bloody Murder was released , which musically again strikes a harder tone and is also very serious lyrically, dealing with topics such as the separation of Deryck and Avril, which had preceded the end of 2009 . The singles Screaming Bloody Murder , Baby You Don't Wanna Know and Blood in My Eyes , which was provided with a nine-minute video, were released from the album . In addition, on August 9, 2011, a live album entitled Live at the House of Blues, Cleveland, Cleveland , was released on August 9, 2011 , which was recorded four years earlier. This was also the last contractual release of the band under their label at the time. After the release, Sum 41 left the Universal Group and was not signed to any label for a while. Furthermore, the band was nominated for a Grammy for the first time in 2012: They entered the Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance category with their song Blood in My Eyes , but could not win the coveted award.

Before performing at the Summer Sonic Festival on August 7th and 8th, 2010 in Japan, Deryck was attacked by three unknown people and had to be hospitalized. The herniated disc, which was diagnosed at the end of 2007, reappeared. Contrary to the doctors' recommendations, Deryck decided to play at the festival anyway. However, the injury seemed to be more serious than initially assumed, which meant that the band, which continued to play concerts until mid-2011 despite the injury, was forced to cancel all other planned gigs as part of the Screaming Bloody Murder Tour from summer 2011 to spring 2012. They then resumed their tour, made up for the canceled concerts and also played a few shows at the end of the year on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their second album, Does This Look Infected? .

Exit of Steve Jocz, return of Dave Baksh and 13 Voices (2013-2016)

Sum 41 at Rock am Ring 2017
Deryck Whibley from Sum 41 at Rock am Ring 2017

In 2013, Sum 41 was on tour in Canada with the befriended band Billy Talent until mid-April , but they had to leave them five concerts before their end because singer Deryck Whibley had problems with his back again and it was therefore not possible for him End tour. Whibley announced that the band would start writing songs for a new album in 2013.

On April 18, 2013, Steve Jocz announced on Facebook and Twitter that he was leaving the band. In May 2014, Deryck Whibley was admitted to hospital with liver and kidney failure due to his runaway alcoholism. Only a year later, after successful withdrawal, began work on the new album for Sum 41. When the band appeared at the Alternative Press Music Awards (after a warm-up show a few days earlier, only the second concert since 2013) Frank Zummo acted as the new drummer With. On August 20, 2015, Sum 41 announced via Facebook that Dave Baksh was back in the band after surprisingly joining the band on stage at the APMAs. In 2016 the band played again on the Warped Tour .

On May 11, 2016, Sum 41 announced that the following album would be released through Hopeless Records . However, the production was previously made possible by crowdfunding on the PledgeMusic platform , since the band was without a valid contract and thus without a supporting label after the release of Screaming Bloody Murder . The new album 13 Voices was announced for October 7, 2016. As the first song by 13 voices was Fake My Own Death published on 29 June. Even before the album was released, War , which is mainly about Whibley's coping with alcohol addiction, was released as the first single on August 25th. Also before the album was released, another song from the new album entitled God Save Us All (Death to POP) was released on September 28th . Contrary to what singer Deryck Whibley suggests in the introductory commentary of the music video (which, in contrast to the videos of Fake My Own Death and War, consists of a montage of current live performances by the band), the song is not a denunciation the pop and glorification of rock music, but again about the processing of Whibley's survived alcohol addiction. This is also indicated by the capitalization of POP in the title of the song, which refers to the sound of an opening bottle.

In German-speaking countries, Sum 41 performed during the 2016 festival season at the Open Air Gampel , Rocco del Schlacko , Highfield Festival and Chiemsee Summer . The appearance at the Chiemsee Summer was recorded and broadcast live by BR Pulse and EinsFestival , the appearance at the Highfield Festival on August 19, 2016 was subsequently broadcast on October 3, 2016 on the WDR program Rockpalast .

Order in Decline (2019-present)

On April 22, 2019, the band announced via Twitter that they would be returning with new music. On April 24th they released the single Out For Blood on the Hopeless Records label . On the same day, the band announced their seventh studio album, Order in Decline , which was released on July 19, 2019. The album's second single - A Death in the Family - was released online on June 10, 2019, before it was officially released as a single the following day along with the music video. On June 18, 2019, Never There was released as the third single along with their video. On July 8, 2019, the band released 45 (A Matter of Time) as their fourth single along with their video.

Music genre

Sum 41's commercial breakthrough with the album All Killer, No Filler in 2001 came shortly after the pop-punk band Blink-182 enjoyed worldwide success. Because of the similar style of music (and a similar sense of humor, which Sum 41 however focused more on music and tour videos than on lyrics), Sum 41 is also considered to be one of the most important pop-punk bands of the early 21st century. At the same time, however, the band's music also revealed influences from two very opposing genres: rap and heavy metal .

On early albums there are pieces in which verses are rapped by three band members - in addition to singer Whibley, Dave Baksh and above all Steve Jocz. Examples of this are Thanks For Nothing , What We're All About (whose guitar solo in the version for the soundtrack of the film Spider-Man was recorded by Kerry King , guitarist of the thrash metal band Slayer ) and probably the most famous song by Band, Fat Lip (which in turn contains the lines "Heavy Metal and mullets is how we were raised / Maiden and Priest were the gods that we praised").

Metal influences on the band's early albums can be found in some instrumental pieces on the debut EP Half Hour of Power as well as in the songs Mr. Amsterdam and Pain for Pleasure . The latter mainly parodies heavy metal of the 1980s. In the mid-2000s, Sum 41 was also occasionally active in an alter-ego band of the same name, which expanded this parody. The band's third album , Chuck, for the first time contains almost equal musical influences from metal and punk. The metal influence is largely attributed to guitarist Dave Baksh. After his temporary exit from Sum 41, he played in the band Brown Brigade , which he led , which was largely influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal , and the first Sum 41 album without his participation, Underclass Hero , almost completely waived Metal elements.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2001 All killer no filler DE29 (16 weeks)
AT19 (16 weeks)
CH39 (30 weeks)

(46 weeks)UK

(49 weeks)US
Triple platinum
× 3
Triple platinum

(2 weeks)CA
First published: May 8, 2001
2002 Does This Look Infected? DE58 (9 weeks)
AT49 (10 weeks)

(17 weeks)CH

(9 weeks)UK

(27 weeks)US

(2 weeks)CA
First published: November 26, 2002
2004 Chuck DE32 (2 weeks)
AT35 (4 weeks)
CH14 (6 weeks)
UK59 (1 week)

(26 weeks)US
Double platinum
× 2
Double platinum

(3 weeks)CA
First published: October 12, 2004
2007 Underclass Hero DE10 (6 weeks)
AT8 (9 weeks)
CH9 (9 weeks)
UK46 (3 weeks)
US7 (9 weeks)

(2 weeks)CA
First published: July 24, 2007
2011 Screaming Bloody Murder DE23 (5 weeks)
AT23 (3 weeks)
CH21 (5 weeks)
UK66 (1 week)
US31 (2 weeks)
CA9 (1 week)
First published: March 29, 2011
2016 13 voices DE9 (2 weeks)
AT13 (2 weeks)
CH14 (3 weeks)
UK16 (2 weeks)
US22 (1 week)
CA6 (3 weeks)
First published: October 7, 2016
2019 Order in Decline DE9 (3 weeks)
AT11 (3 weeks)
CH7 (4 weeks)
UK29 (1 week)
US60 (1 week)
CA13 (1 week)
First published: July 19, 2019
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  • All Killer No Filler is the best-selling Sum 41 album to date with over 3.5 million copies sold worldwide.
  • In the 2001 film American Pie 2 , the songs In Too Deep and Fat Lip are part of the soundtrack.
  • What We're All About (The Original Version) was featured on the Spider-Man soundtrack
  • In the 2003 film American Pie 3 - The Wedding , The Hell Song is part of the soundtrack.
  • In 2003 Deryck Whibley dated Paris Hilton several times . In early 2004, he got together with the Canadian singer Avril Lavigne , got engaged to her on June 27, 2005 and finally married her on July 15, 2006 in California. In September 2009 both officially confirmed the separation.
  • The song We're All to Blame was used in the 2004 film Godzilla: Final Wars when Godzilla fought against Roland Emmerich's "Zilla".
  • Sum 41 had a guest appearance in the 2005 film Dirty Love and played their song No Reason . Deryck and Steve also got small guest roles in the film.
  • The song Noots appeared in the 2005 film Fantastic Four .
  • The band played in the intro of the survival horror game ObsCure for the Playstation 2.
  • The song Baby You Don't Wanna Know can be heard in the 2011 film Green Lantern .
  • In the seventh episode of the first season of Gossip Girl , the song With me can be heard


year Award Nominated with evaluation
2001 Juno Awards: Best New Group - Nominated
2002 Juno Awards: Best Group - Nominated
2002 Juno Awards: Best Album All killer no filler Nominated
2002 Juno Awards: Best Rock Album All killer no filler Nominated
2003 Kerrang! Award: Best Live Act - Nominated
2003 Juno Awards: Group of the Year - victory
2004 Woodie Award - victory
2004 Juno Awards: Rock Album of the Year Does This Look Infected? Nominated
2005 Juno Awards: Rock Album of the Year Chuck victory
2005 Juno Awards: Group of the Year - Nominated
2008 Juno Awards: Rock Album of the Year Underclass Hero Nominated
2012 Grammy Awards: Best Hard Rock / Metal Performance Blood In My Eyes Nominated

Web links

Commons : Sum 41  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sum 41 perform 'Fake My Own Death'. October 4, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016 .
  2. “It feels right”: Sum 41's Deryck Whibley and Brownsound discuss reuniting . Alternative press. August 2015. Archived from the original on August 16, 2015. Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved August 17, 2015. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Alternative Press: APMAs 2015: Sum 41 Perform with DMC and Dave "Brown Sound" Baksh [FULL HD]. August 30, 2015, accessed October 4, 2016 .
  4. ^ Andy Biddulph: See The FULL Vans Warped Tour Line-Up . Freeway Press. March 22, 2016. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved on March 22, 2016.
  6. Sum 41 announce comeback album, '13 Voices' . In: . Alternative press . June 7, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  7. Sum 41 release first single from comeback album '13 Voices' . In: . Alternative press . June 29, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  8. Hopeless Records: Sum 41 - God Save Us All (Death to POP) [Official Music Video]. September 28, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016 .
  9. Chiemsee Summer Festival 2016 Einsfestival Livestream , accessed on August 27, 2016.
  10. Sum 41 on Twitter ( en ) Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  11. Marc Clapés: The return of Sum 41 with 'Out for Blood' ( en ) Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  12. a b Spencer Kaufman: Sum 41 announce new album, Order in Decline, release "Out for Blood": Stream ( en ) Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  13. brownypaul: Sum 41 drop new song 'Out For Blood' from forthcoming album Order in Decline ( en ) April 24, 2019.
  14. Calum Slingerland: Sum 41 Share New Song "A Death in the Family" ( en ) June 11, 2019.
  15. Collin Goeman: Sum 41 unplug for touching acoustic single "Never There" ( en ) June 18, 2019.
  16. Sum 41 Drops Protest-Filled Music Video for '45 (A Matter Of Time) ' ( en ) . July 8, 2019.
  17. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US / CA