Sum 41

Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. The band was formed in 1996 and currently consists of members Deryck Whibley(lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Tom Thacker (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jason McCaslin (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Steve Jocz (drums). The band released their debut album, All Killer, No Filler in 2001. The band achieved mainstream success with their first single from the album, “Fat Lip”, which reached number-one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and remains the band’s most successful single to date.

Sum 41 was formed by singer-songwriter Deryck Whibley and drummer Steve Jocz, under the name Kaspir after Whibley convinced Jocz to join his band. Jocz was a drummer in another band and Whibley was convinced that “he was the best drummer around”. 

The group began as a NOFX cover band named “Kaspir”. They decided to change their name for a Supernova show on September 28, 1996 which happened to be the 41st day of summer.

In 1998, the band recorded a demo tape on Compact Cassette which they sent to record companies in the hope of getting a recording contract. These demo tapes are rare and are the only recordings known that are with the original bassist, Richard Roy.

The genre of Sum 41’s music has been considered a pop punk style. The band’s style has been disputed by fans because of the complex combination of different musical styles and the more mature, serious, and heavy sound in later albums. Fans and critics agree that Half Hour of Power and All Killer No Filler were mainly pop punk, punk rock and rapcore, but Does This Look Infected? and Chuck started moving toward heavier styles, such as alternative rock and alternative metal.[1] Critics have described Underclass Hero as a revival of the band’s old pop punk style.The genre argument is centralized around the punk streak of the band, and they have been labeled as pop punk, punk rock and alternative rock. Some of the band’s songs contain political-social commentary; “The Jester” is an “anti-Bush screed”, “Underclass Hero” is a song about class struggle, and “Dear Father” is about Deryck’s absent father.

 

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