Label: Island, Aquarius, EMI, Universal
Years active: 1996-present
- All Killer, No Filler (2001)
- Does This Look Infected? (2002)
- Chuck (2004)
- Underclass Hero (2007)
- Screaming Bloody Murder (2011)
Canada’s finest, Sum 41 is a band which rode the wave of pop punk popularity around the late nineties and early 2000’s to become an institution in the genre.
Mixing the traditional pop punk formula with homages to metal in the form of harmonic solos, the band carved out a niche for themselves – with their modern punk sound betraying such influences as NOFX and even Metallica and Iron Maiden.
The band’s EP ‘Half Hour of Power’ was released in June 2000 and went gold in Canada. They followed up the EP with the wildly successful ‘All Killer No Filler’ full-length album through Island Records. A string of hits including: Fat Lip, Motivation and In Too Deep put the band on the map, and they were rewarded with touring slots with pop punk heavyweights Blink 182 and The Offspring.
They followed up ‘Killer’ with ‘Does This Look Infected’ in 2002, displaying an edgier and angrier sound than was heard on the poppy predecessor. In 2004, after a trip to war-torn Congo, the band returned with the more political ‘Chuck’, named after the UN Peacekeeper who kept them safe after gunfire broke out near their hotel.
Lead guitarist Baksh announced his departure in 2006, leaving to form his new group Brown Brigade. Brown Sound was replaced with Tom ‘Brown Tom’ Thacker. Sum 41 continued recording and released Underclass Hero in 2007, a more indie-sounding but no-less political record.
In 2011, the Canadian pop punk band released Screaming Bloody Murder, continuing the evolution of their sound.