SUM 41’s career has been filled with highlights that extend well beyond the traditional ‘punk’ band. They’ve collaborated with Iggy Pop, Ludacris, Tommy Lee, Rob Haldford and, Tenacious D, and were invited to tour with heavy metal legends Motley Crue when they reunited. They were shockingly close to death while filming a 2005 documentary in war-torn Congo, and Deryck Whibley was almost deported from the U.S for his political views in 2007. Not to mention, they’ve sold over 12 million albums and toured the globe countless times.
Since their inception in 1996, SUM 41 has been relentless, unapologetic, and unconcerned with musical boundaries. In the past, their music style has been described as an “eclectic meld of raucous punk-rock, thunderous heavy metal and straightforward rock.” SUM 41’s new album, Screaming Bloody Murder, feeds off this past and expands on it.
They have been recently been labelled as one of the world’s best live bands. Whibley says he’s not concerned with these labels, but “all we’ve ever tried to do is play better live. It’s what makes us a band. At times, everything else is bullshit. Touring is something we constantly work on, and over 15 years we have continued to improve.”