Canadians Sum 41, hailing from Ajax, Ontario, can best be described as a Punk Rock band with a developing sound. Reportedly, the band members met in 1996 at a Hole concert and began to play together. It wasn't until 1999 that they were scouted by Island Records.
Sum 41 consists of Deryck Whibley (lead vox, guitars and keyboards), Cone McCaslin (bass guitar, backing vox), Steve Jocz (drums, percussion, backing vox) and (originally) Dave Baksh on lead guitar and backing vox, who has since left the band to work on other projects.
The band's first full length album, All Killer No Filler, was released under Island Records in May 8, 2001. The first single, Fat Lip, was the #1 rock song in the US for a week. During this time, they began their very famous touring career, and performed on the Warp Tour. Live performances continued with the release of the next singles, In Too Deep and Motivation, respectively. In 2001, they opened for the much acclaimed Punk Rock band Blink 182.
The second album, Does This Look Infected, was released on November 26, 2002. Their style on the album still contained their original smooth harmonies, but was much heavier than the previous album. They released a number of famous videos at the time, including the first single (Still Waiting) which was a parody of videos being released by The Strokes.
At this time, world renowned performer Iggy Pop recruited their talents for his new album Skull Ring. The first single, Little Know It All, was cowritten with Sum 41, and they performed the song together on the Late Show with David Letterman.
The band began to get political in 2004, first contributing a song (Moron) to the Rock Against Bush album, and then flying to the Democratic Republic of Congo for a movie documenting the civil war ravaging the country. A frightful incident occurred during their stay, when fighting broke out near their hotel. Sensing the impending danger, a fellow Canadian (Charles Pellerier) arranged for armored carriers to get the band out of the hotel and to safety. Sum 41 named their next album, Chuck after Charles (whose nickname was Chuck.) The documentary about the war, and the event, was released by War Child Canada and titled ROCKED : Sum 41 in Congo. It was shortly aired on MTV.
Chuck was released in October 2004, with a much more serious undertone and heavier sound. The first single, We're All To Blame, was specifically about the Congo trip and was soon followed up with the single Pieces, reaching the top of the Canadian charts.
Since that time, Sum 41 released a live CD under two different titles (Happy Live Surprise in Japan, and Go Chuck Yourself in Canada.) In May 2006, Dave Baksh announced that he was leaving the band to focus on his new project Brown Brigade. He was replaced with Thom Thacker, who Deryck Whibley announced would only be a touring member of the band and not an official member. Recording for their new album (Underclass Hero) continued throughout the year into 2007, being released on July 24 2007 and debuting at #7 in the USA.
In 2007, Sum 41 toured with the band Finder Eleven, but the tour was soon canceled when Deryck Whibley sustained a serious herniated disc injury during a live show. The tour will continue once Deryck recovers, and fans eagerly await what surprises Sum 41 will produce in the coming year.
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