After nearly one year of hibernation in their icy homeland, “Canada” (phonetically: CA-NA-DA), everyone’s guiltiest of guilty pleasures, SUM 41, have decided to thaw out and return to the airwaves with the hopes of annoying you and everyone you care about.
Confused after watching an evening news program covering the war in IRAQ, the foursome sprang into action convinced someone had launched a pre-emptive War On Rock.
“Who could it be?” They wondered. Right-Wing Conservatives? Tipper Gore and the Mom Mafiosi? Or was this the work of the dreaded “International Pop Conspiracy”? An “axis of evil” indeed.
Without a moment to spare, SUM 41 rushed to the studio and laid down the tracks for what could possibly be their most deadly album to date, CHUCK - A record with riffs as hazardous as depleted uranium and hooks as catchy as radioactive fallout!
Since the release of their last album, 2002’s Does this look infected? SUM 41 have played more than 200 live shows worldwide, have performed on Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, and Mad TV. The band made their acting debut as guest stars on an episode of King of the Hill, and also appeared on Iggy Pop’s latest album, Skull Ring. Asked why he chose SUM 41, Iggy replied, “because they have balls.” Coming from a man with an armadillo in his trousers, that quote speaks volumes. In addition to live performances SUM 41 has also been working with the charity group War Child Canada and in May of 2004 they helped in the making of a documentary that covered the effects of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
As luck would have it fighting erupted on the fifth day of filming and the boys had to be evacuated from their hotel while bullets whizzed over their delicate fontanels. The name of the U.N. worker who saved their lives is Chuck Pelletier, which is where the album gets its name.
CHUCK is SUM 41’s most creative and diverse album yet. To capture the desired sound SUM 41 once again teamed up with their manager and producer, Greig Nori to create what has become their heaviest, yet most melodic record to date. The first single, “We’re All To Blame” is a perfect example. Other songs, like “Some Say” and “Pieces” reveal a new direction and prove that this band is always open to change.
The War on Rock rages on, and in the words of George W. Bush: “War is a dangerous place.” He couldn’t be more correct. That’s why SUM 41 is fighting the good fight, so that you and yours don’t have to. Rest assured: Thanks to Chuck – Rock will prevail!
This is the trailer for the documentary about SUM 41's experience in Congo with Warchild. The whole doc will air on MTV on September 21st
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