I really have admired Sum 41 for many years now and I have always been a big fan of their music. What I love most about them is their distinctive punk rock and rock indie tone. The songs they write really are excellet and always contain some superb guitar riffs and patterns that really help to liven up the music. I like how the tempo is often quick because that also helps to liven up the music and gets you off your seat!
Sum 41 is a band originally from Canada, it was formed in 1996 and featured four main members. Deryck Whibbley (vocalist and guitarist), Cone McCaslin (bass guitar and backing vocals), Steve Jocz (drums, percussian and backing vocals) and Dave Bakshr (guitar and backign vocals). Dave Bakshr how now left the band however to make a start to another project band. Sum 41 are a band that perform frequently, apparently over 300 times a year! They really have released some excellent albums in the past including "All killer no filler", "Does this look infected", "Half Hour of power", "Chuck" and the all new "Underclass Hero".
In their time Sum 41 have produced some incredible hits including The hell song, In too deep and Fat lip amongst many others that have reaached platinum many times which proves their quality and popularity. Sum 41 as a band have frequently been nominated for many awards and have won the Kerrang best rock band award. I really do hope that this band stays together and keeps producing regular albums like they have been because they really are the most amazing punk rock band. I would really recommend this band to people who like punk and indie rock or who are fans of similar bands such as The Offspring and Bowling for soup. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading.
Sum 41 is awesome... When their album "All killer No Filler" was first released, and I heard their songs on the radio, I had to just go out and buy this CD. This is a typical punk rock band, from Canada, who in a way, remind me a bit of the band "Offspring". Their lyrics are great, and their songs have a great, vibrant beat / rhythm.
One of my favourite songs by this band is "Fat Lip" and "In Too Deep", and these are a few of the songs that made this band very popular.
Later on, they recorded another album called "Does This Look Infected?" with songs like "The Hell Song", "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)", and "Still Waiting", which also became very popular.
Since this band first came out in 1999, they have since produced four studio albums, and have been on World Tours.
If you are a fan of "Punk Rock" style music, and like to just "let loose", then I can highly recommend this album, otherwise I wouldn't recommend that this is the right album for you.
Sum-41's last album, All Killer No Filler, shot them right into the spotlight- spearheaded by the then ubiquitous singles Fat Lip, In Too Deep and Motivation. Which was surprising really because the record was nothing short of... erm... being one of the worst "punk" albums I've ever heard... ever. It's "freshness, humour and hardcore riffs" were somehow all lost on me as I was shocked in hearing tuneless song after tuneless song, over and over again. I just don't see the hype about these guys and how they've become, in the space of a few short months, one of the biggest "punk" acts in America and Britain. I mean, there are so many less-successful but much better bands out there at the moment whose lyrics wring at the same rebelliousness (albeit much more celverly) and have kick-ass tunes to boot. I'm talking about bands like Pennywise, Green Day, NOFX and (dare I say it)... Blink-182. But I guess that's just the pop charts of today. You write a novelty hit like Fat Lip, get world fame and there's no stopping you from there. But what really gets me is that most of the kids who buy these records haven't even heard of Nirvana, or Black Sabbath even. So, why did I buy this record (or download it I should say)? Well, it all started a few months ago when I read on rollingstone.com an interview with Sum-41 that told me that the new record, Does This Look Infected?, will be much harder, faster and contain a plethora of metal riffs more akin to Queens Of The Stone Age than Wheatus (shudders uncomfortably). That whet my appetite somewhat. That was the trigger that set me off downloading this record when it was first leaked a few weeks ago on the internet. And the result? Well, you shouldn't need to ask- just look at the score I've given it. This album is so undescribably cheesy that it just makes me cringe right now when thinking back to some of its "tunes"
and "lyrics". The problem arises in Sum-41 trying to please the punk market whose credibility they desire while still trying to appeal to their pop fans as well. As a result, this album is decidedly schizophrenic- filled to the brim with cliches and tunes ripped from well known punk albums. Besides all these qualms, the album starts of well. The Hate Song is about as punk as this album gets, filled with bile spitting lyrics like "everybody has their problems, everybody says the same thing to you". The guitar is rather chunkier than anything they've done before- and- shock horrow!- we get a guitar solo as well! For three minutes, the listener is fooled into thinking Sum-41 have changed for the better. That All Killer No Filler was like Bowie's Space Oddity- a midget compared with the musical gigantics to come. Unfortunately, the band can't keep up the quality for too long and although following track Over My Head (Better Off Dead) totally encompasses the previous track with lyrics like "this hypocracy is getting to me", one can't help but feel deja vu as the band totally rip off Green Day's classic riff to their huge hit Basket Case. This plagiarism shouldn't be allowed. And it gets worse with following song My Direction proving that maybe Sum-41 like Green Day... a lot. Lyrics, tune and practically the whole theme is carbon copied of Green Day's Walking Contradiction. However, lyricist Deryck Whibley cannot match Billie Joe Armstrong's ace lines like "do what I say, not what I do because, the shit's so deep, you can't run away" with trite like "perfection is my direction, it's not like I need no correction, I just know that life's not so bad". Similarly, following track Still Waiting tries to be serious with shouted vocals and political lyrics like "you can't change the state of the nation, we just need some motivation"
but the listener still can't help but cringe at how the band have ripped off the structure of the Foo Fighter's (arguably) best song, All My Life. The hit of familiarity comes when Whibley turns from murmur to scream backed by a plethora of springing guitars... just like in All My Life. A.N.I.C. (or Asshole) is a pale comparison of Blink-182's best joke tracks like Just Depends and Happy Holidays, You Bastard. It's 40 seconds of spouting cocky rhymes backed by tuneless, chugging guitars. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. With a title like No Brain, I'd expect a tunner of a track. What a title, it just caught my imagination immediately. The track starts off brilliantly- immediately in like Weezer's Buddy Holly- all shouts of "goodbye I've had enough frustration" and gets better with Beastie Boys style rapping that unlike Fat Lip, is actually adrenaline charged. The chorus speed s things up, a huge tempo change into a full-throttle shouty whine. A great track, probably Sum-4's best. All Messed Up is as close to originality as Sum-41 come to on this album. So it isn't surprising that it's spat out lyrics of heartfelt anger and greased up air guitar hook are both so catchy. The chorus is uninspiring with just basically the verses sang in the major instead of the minor. But with a band as... ahem... "original" as sum-41, this is as good as it gets. Mr. Amsterdam wins the prize as the worst song I've heard this year with self-conscious lyrics like "I've heard this all before". That's right guys- I've heard trite like "a resignation for me" backed by a slide guitar punk riff on tracks 2,3,4,6 and 7. Thanks For Nothing hints at the group growing up- a tender acoustic guitar riff is strummed out before a re-hash of the Mr. Amsterdam riff is played as Sum-41 emerges gloriously (from their voices) into a complete carbon copy of their hit Fat Lip- from
the rap beginning, to the faster bridge (this time distorted more) and thenan epical chorus. Enough said. Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condroid shows at least some knowledage of bands like Pennywise and NOFX with a riff that gives out melancholy and depression before a bumblebee bass line caves in. Before you know it you're chirping along to the infectious chorus "on and on and I just feel helpless, welcome to my own down and out". All in all, a stunning track complete with heavy metal riffing and a truly memorable chorus for once. Billy Spleen carries on the trend, this time taking a leaf out of Fugazi's book, with a stop-start rhythm- rattling drums and another epical chorus that hardens the guitar chorus quite a bit with winner lines like "no matter what I say, you turn your back away, it's never gonna break you, never gonna make you cry, gonna make you fall". This is some way off Sum-41's last album of three chord major key pop numbers, ladies and gentlemen. Ending track Hooch starts with a buzzsaw riff that recalls early Hives. In fact, everything about this song is down in that Hives formula of monotonous tune, shouty chorus and distortion. However, Sum-41 lack the genuine charisma and charm of the former band and the ending to the album is disappointing, repetitive shit. The following two bonus tracks are UK exclusive, and I'd rather not go into them. If you've heard Pain For Pleasure- you know what you're going to get. So, the only real compliment I can say is that it's better than All Killer No Filler. It actually has tunes and lots of hooks this time- but most of them are ripped from better bands wo've made much better albums and songs than anything on this record. Kudos to sum-41 for making an altogther darker, harder, riff-heavy album but so much of it is so cliche, so deja vu and so unoriginal taht they simply just don't stand out from the crowd. Ro
ll on Green Day's next album, which will definitely be better than this (man, even Green Day's rarities album kicks the crap out of this record). Does htis opinion deserve a crown- you decide. Chow Pinkertonisrad p.s. to Fooyoo and whoever reads my opinions and deliberatly not rates them because of who I am or my repuation, you can't expect to get any rating, nominations or fuck whats from me.
When I decided to see Sum 41, it wasn't for them that I went all the way to Brixton Academy for. It was for the fact Reel Big Fish were in support, and as i was well into ska, at least half of the night would kick ass. But why, go to see sum 41, if I didn't want 2? Well the separate rbf gig was sold out, and Sum 41 might be good live, you never know....... How Wrong. Opening band Wilt, were ok, Irish Emo-Rock with punk hooks, it was quite good and I nearly got crushed, thanks Wilt. Reel Big Fish were great tho, except that it was difficult to skank with some twats punching my friend Marc and I in the back. Bloody Moshers. Nothing against moshers, just the ones who were moshing in a skank pit. "Beer" "Take On Me", "Everything Sucks" and " i want your girlfriend to be my girlfriend too" were brilliant. When Sum 41 came on, i went to the back, I was injured and very tired. I watched there set which was particularly average, and the bloody guitar solo bit went on for ages it was awful. ON the whole, "Fat Lip", "Summer" "Makes no Difference" and "Pain For Pleasure" oh and "What were all about" were good, but there performance lacked something. Merchandise was top quality and the staff at Brixton were cool, especially when we told this bloke we had lost a phone, and he said "Bloody Hell, you'll never find that!" In short: SEE REEL BIG FISH!
Seems like you can’t switch on the radio, or turn to MTV2 without bumping into our obnoxious friends, Sum 41. This, when accompanied by the fact that they’re very young, very loud, and clearly trying to emulate some of their more illustrious predecessors (Green Day, Blink 182), is probably why almost everyone I know detests the band. A shame really, because if you scratch the surface, they have produced some great quality college rock. I was the original indie kid, back in the day. The Wonder Stuff, Thousand Yard Stare, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Kingmaker, and the like, so, college rock has been a natural progression for me. As I mentioned, one of their problems is that they’re just so young. It’s hard to take teenagers seriously, no matter what type of music they do. The problem here is that people will dismiss them completely because they can’t take them seriously. If you forget for a moment that they’re young, that they’re not exactly original, and no, their songs won’t win any awards, then it’s possible to let yourself enjoy the music. Everyone knows their single, ‘Fat Lip’, which is a shame, because while it’s a fun song, there are far better tracks on their two albums. Songs like ‘Summer’, ‘Rhythms’, ‘What I believe’ and ‘Makes No Difference’, could all be sure-fire hits, with the right promotion. There are some great licks, rhythms, and even so powerful baselines throughout their releases. Their clear influences are, Green Day, Blink 182, and a variety of heavy metal bands. They’ve stated that their next album will be mostly metal, as that’s their first love. A shame really, as metal isn’t really very interesting to me, but good luck to them. You can also find other influences, when you listen, including Ska, and punk (like Stiff Little Fingers), but I think most of those influences
are inherited from Green Day, whose main influence seems to be the aforementioned Punk outfit. Are they the best of their genre? Decidedly not it seems. Green Day opened the genre up, Blink 182 commercialized it, and Mest polished it. Sum 41 simply made if fun. If you’re at least willing to give them the chance.
I recently made the mistake of paying good money to see sum 41 live in concert. I don’t really know why I bought tickets as I’d seen them before and they weren’t anything special. I knew I’d made the mistake of going, as when I arrived I was the tallest member of the audience. When I saw them first, I think it was about 6 months ago they were mediocre at best, this time around they were dreadful. The only good thing being the support acts, Reel Big Fish and Wilt, they didn’t really support sum 41, they more or less carried them. Sum 41 are the ultimate teenyboppers of punk rock, if you can even say they fall in that category of music. Punk connotes rebellion and angst. I think the only thing these boys would be annoyed about is that they weren’t getting enough pocket money. They have one substantial hit, Fat Lip, which was totally over-played and over-rated and they think they’re Green Day. When Sum 41 have been around for ten years, released 5 superb albums and actually wrote a song worthy of radio play then I’ll say something good about them. For now all I’ll say is that their drummer is wasted. He was the only member I had respect for but that only because I didn’t hear him speak. He’s probably as whiny as the rest of them. Their stage antics go over the heads of most of their crowd and the guitarist, Dave Brownsound’s attempts to astonish the ten years olds with his Kurt Hammet impression misses its mark. They wouldn’t know Master of Puppets was by Metallica even if James Hetfield accompanied the band on stage and said, “Yeah, I wrote this.” Their entourage of metal classics strangely familiar as any Green Day fan will know Billie Joe did it long ago. The first time I saw Sum 41 they did their Blink 182 act by degrading their female fans and inviting two girls to ‘make out’ during one of their songs, Heart At
tack I think it was which is from the poor album, All Killer No Filler. The girls must have been about 14 but the band was more than willing to have them on stage as the girls actually looked older than the singer himself. Luckily, or rather unluckily if some of the girls at the concert went with the intention of pulling, the band dropped this act. Maybe it was the constant criticism they got or maybe their ‘mommies’ said they should treat with respect. Fair enough though. I would strongly advise staying away from this pop disaster they call sum 41.
Sum 41 is a new pop punk band, originating from Canada. They have recently released their debut UK album, "All Killer No Filler" late 2001. They had an album released previously, which is only available in the USA and is called, "Half Hour of Power". You may have never heard of Sum 41, but they will be a big group by the end of their careers. ~~~~~~~~ Who Is In Sum 41? ~~~~~~~~ Bizzy D - Guitar and Vocals Brown Sound - Guitar and Vocals Cone - Masterbasser Stevo 32 - Drums, Mums and Bums Sum 41 belongs to the record companies "EMI April Music Canada" and "Rectum Renovator Music." ~~~~~~~~ Good Live Performance ~~~~~~~~ Have seen Sum 41 supporting another band at concert, and yes they were great. No mistakes, no mess ups, just perfect. The instruments tuned exactly together and everything was performed correctly. They got the crowd going, and got everyone on a natural high; which was great for the main band. They were not only musicians, but they make great entertainers as well, never got boring for a second. The vocals sounded just as strong live as they do on the CD's, brilliant stuff. So if you have not seen Sum 41 live then go, you will not be disappointed. I loved every minute of it. ~~~~~~~~ Singles (In the UK) ~~~~~~~~ The first single they released here in the UK, was "Fat Lip". If you have not heard this song (where have you been?), it combines fast paced and heavy guitar and bass with a combination of rapping and singing. This song is a great example of a "pass the mic song" as all the members sing a little bit in every verse/chorus. The song is all about rules and breaking them. Not following what everyone else does, and to just be yourself. The song is very powerful and really gets fans of the genre going and fired up. A great debut single choice as it would have raised awareness of Sum
41 in the UK quickly. All the kids in our local area were soon starting to buy the Sum 41 single and also the album; good choices. In case you didn't realise I love this band. Their second single is the slower, calmer "In to Deep". This song did better here in the UK than "Fat Lip" as the group where more well known. If this would have been their debut single, people would have got the wrong impression of the type of music that Sum 41 do. I say this because this song is slower than the rest. All though this song does contain one of my favourite guitar solos, wow great. Another great song from Sum 41, and one which will lead into their third single, which is being released soon. The third up coming single is going to be "Motivation" which is taken from the album "All Killer No Filler". ~~~~~~~~ Why Do I like Sum 41 ~~~~~~~~ First of all I simply like the genre of the music, "pop punk." I have been listening to the likes of Blink 182 and Sum 41 for a long time, and have grown in love with the genre. If you don't like the genre then you will hate Sum 41, but if you are a fan of the genre; like myself, then you will love Sum 41. I like both the albums as the tracks are all high energy and the tracks never die down, they are always raising your spirits and making you happy. For a more in depth look at the "All Killer No Filler" Album please read my "All Killer No Filler "Opinion. Anyway back to Sum 41, they have a lot of potential. If they continue to release albums of the same high quality as their first too, then like Blink 182 their fans will stay loyal to them. Meaning they will be able to continue gracing their fans ears, for a long time a head, as long as fans stay loyal. When they play live they really blow you away, the tracks seem even more up in your face and high energy. This really go
t me buzzing and made me feel great, every track they played notched up my happiness. They got the crowd singing and waving their arms it was great. They allowed the fans at the front to stage dive if they wished, which made a great atmosphere. There were parents there with kids and even the parents had a smile on their faces, watching their kids enjoy every minute of Sum 41's performance. So the live shows I can't recommend enough. Truly amazing one of the best bands I have ever seen live. Thank you for your time and good luck to Sum 41, who deserves some, awards in the up coming music awards, good luck. Cheers everyone for reading my 18th opinion here on dooyoo, thanks once again Pete :o)
Sum 41 have only recently manged to break through into the charts. But they achieved this in 2001 thanks to the huge success of their album All Killer No Filler(released on Sophomore. The canadian quartet first got together in 1997 in a town called ajax, Ontario. the group consists of Deryck Whibley - vocals/guitar, Steve Jocz - drums, Dave Baksh - guitar and Cone McMaslin - bass. Althogh the latter 2 were recruited to the line-up after the band was first started by Whibley and Jocz.The band got quite alot of attention on their local scene due to their energetic live performances and playful antics, which then brought them to the attention of several major record labels looking to sign up a new hardcore punk band and hopefully cash in on their success much like MCA have done with Blink 182. The band signed to independant record label Aquarius in Canada, but then decided to change to Island Records in the USA. There debut album, Hour of Power, helped them gain some popularity on the American punk scene and also gained them a good reputation. They have recently shot to fame due to the huge success of their new single, Fat Lip which recieved a lot of air time on US radio.
Let me first state that i dont know all the ins and outs about this band so any mistakes made in this opinion are sheer ignorance and not on purpose. A canadian band stepping out of the "punk-pop" shadow of bands like Blink182, New Found glory..etc. Their name (i have been told) is insprired by the number of days between when the met and summer.. The Band consists of Bizzy D - Guitar Vocals Hot Chocolate/Brown sound - Guitar Vocals Cone- bass Stevo 32 Drums and vocals. They currently have done 2 albums '- Half Hour Of Power' and 'All Killer No Filler'. Their style is like i said in that "pop punk" category but they vary quite a bit, their sound isn't the typical sound. They incorporate rap into their lyrics as well which is a fresh change to the genre Whilst only releasing their first album in 2000, the group have become quite popular in the US, this hasn't been harmed by being part of the warped tour and also backing up Blink182. Their first album saw them introduce themselves with a unique sound and 'All Killer no Filler' improved their sound but yet with teh same style. I believe Sum41 are coming over to the uk this year and i will cetainly looking to go to any of their shows.