"Cause it's us against them / We're here to represent / The spit in the face of the establishment." (From "Underclass Hero")
As the time for Sum had come 41 to start work on their fourth Iceland album, vocalist / songwriter / guitarist Deryck Whibley was not sure if it Ever yet was a band after founding member and guitarist Dave Brownsound left the band and had and they went their separate ways with the management.
"We stood there alone," says Whibley, who has produced the new album themselves. "We had the odds against us. People said that we could not recover from all the changes. There were many doubts. "
The result, Underclass Hero, is the step of the band in a bolder direction and a new chapter of their success story. The last three albums - All Killer No Filler (2001), Does this Look Infected? (2002) and Chuck (2004) have been sold worldwide over 7 million times.
"We were not so united since our first album," Deryck describes add the power of the new album and adds: "I would have the album anyway only be made if all Bock had it would. Everything else would be pointless. Out there was much negative energy. "
FOr the new album Whibley was forced to go in and the songs can be more personal than ever before. The changes in his life, therefore, were the largest source of songwriting: His father's absence ( "Dear Father" and "Walking Disaster"), Dave left the band ( "So Long Goodbye") and his inner demons ( "Speak of the Devil "and Count Your Last Blessings") are some of the topics on Underclass Hero.
But the somewhat more political songs, as in the past "Still Waiting" (Does This Look Infected?) And "We're All to Blame" (Chuck), a part of Sum remain 41. Critical of the government towards and in particular the incumbent president Bush regime - with songs like "Confusion and frustration in Modern Times," "March of the Dogs" and "The Jester" say Sum 41 what they think.
"I had to decide what I want to say with my music," explains Whibley. "I asked myself all these questions and I began to find answers and write songs about. I wanted to make an album that has a meaning from beginning to end, I wanted to be of relevance and significance. It's not a concept album. It's not about fictional characters in a story, but there is a basic idea that runs through the album. It is a very personal statement, reflecting the confusion and frustration in modern society. "
As for the style, Sum 41 develop their unique explosive punk rock and heavy metal mixture forward. But there are also the different instrumentations and arrangements such as the intro to "Dear Father (Complete Unkown)" or the icy piano element "Count Your Last Blessings" opened and closed and the Beatlesque "Ma Poubelle" and the melodic acoustic guitar in "Best of Me" and "So Long Goodbye ".
"You can not do anything else, as a little adult to be," says Whibley about the musical and lyrical development of the band. "We now see the artistic side of music. We wanted to make the most artistic punk rock album that we could. We now go quite a different approach to music. Things have now a purpose. We are interested now more for the craft. "
The roots of this development can be attributed to a journey of the band in the Democratic REPUBLIC Congo in years of 2004. At that time, they came under fire from two fronts and were rescued by the UN staff Chuck Pelletier, after they named their third album. The politicization of the band is also developing on the new album on.
"We're still f *** ing idiots that shit build throughout the day," says Whibley. "I still catch me trouble. I can not help it simply. In the past 10 years much has happened. "
This rebellious spirit is working its way into songs like the Lower rolled "Pull The Curtain," the Ramones-meets-Sabbath speed metal of "King of Contradiction", the chainsaw romp in "March of the Dogs" or the anthemic cry in the wilderness of "Confusion and frustration in Modern Times" - in which Whibley asks: "So what went wrong, where's the voice of reason / It's long gone we lost it long ago."
Besides all the new influences, mix Sum 41 continues the different genres in their sound, which was clearly influenced by his experiences with artists as diverse - to have been on tour and to have worked - from Iggy Pop to Ludacris.
"What I'm most proud as a songwriter is to blend so many different genres of music and to do it in a way that it not only works, but is very natural feel and sound," explains Whibley. "I wanted to expand our borders as a band, what we are capable of and also the limits of the meaning of punk rock. I have heard many melodious acoustic stuff lately. I've even written a few song, but not so far done to them already to pack on the album. "
With Underclass Hero Sum 41 write a new chapter of their success story
"I broke the mirror to the past," Whibley sings in "Confusion and Frustration in Modern Times." "To find what I was looking for / The bleeding heart of broken glass / Is all I found and nothing more regrets."
Deryck Whibley: Singer / songwriter / guitarist
Cone McCaslin: Bassist
Steve Jocz: Drummer
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