Sum 41 vocalist and guitarist Deryck Whibley recently spoke to Fuse about his recovery process, touring, record labels, and the band’s long-awaited new album, which will be their first since 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“The difference is that you don’t have people to argue with as much. On our last record [2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder], being on a major label in a time where most music is just pop when I want to make a rock record, you have people to argue with about why they think you should be making a pop record, ruining your career, trying to convince you of that. I have to say, ‘No, wrong, and I’m going to do this anyway.’ And they say, ‘Fine, you can do that but we’re not going to put any money into it,’ and I say, ‘Okay, fine.’ It’s that kind of shit. That’s our last experience. When that last record was done, and I really love that record but it was record that was put out and didn’t have any promo because it’s a rock record. We said, ‘Can you just let us f—-g go at this point?’ So we got off the label and we’re in this position and it’s been great.”
The new album, which is said to be almost finished, will be the band’s first album with Dave “Brownsound” Baksh on guitar since 2004’s Chuck, and their first release with Darrin Pfeiffer from Goldfinger on drums. Sum 41 recently announced they will be headlining the “Kerrang Tour”.