It’s surprising to me to find Sum 41 still around making music. It’s been an interesting last few years for Sum 41, who’s recent career teetered on quality pop-punk and that band you liked in middle school. Maybe a little of both.
There are very few bands who can earn critical acclaim and still be nostalgically centered. The truth is, what we liked in middle school and High School has a certain little charm, but may not be…well…good (See Limp Bizkit, Korn, or System of a Down to get an idea of what I mean).
The below picture is funny. Maybe too funny? Well, that’s exactly what Sum 41 thought when they released this new album absolutely devoid of any humor, which was a staple with their debut album Half Hour of Power which was essentially an homage to power metal, and All Killer No Filler featuring arguably their most famous song, Fat Lip.
But people grow up. They get older. They get less funny. bands of this genre particularly seem to make a conscious effort to mature or be casted into the mold of rebellious pop-punk- and become a one-trick pony.