Friday, 22 March 2013 10:20

Sum 41: Infected for Ten Years

Written by  Dwayne Hoover
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Sum 41 wsg Hollerado, Hunter Valentine
The Intersection, Grand Rapids
April 1, 7 p.m.
$20 advance, $23 day of show
All ages, (616) 451-8232

Since 1996, Sum 41 has been unleashing its impenitent punk stylings on the masses, including its highly successful debut album, All Killer, No Filler, which went platinum in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.

But regardless of chart success, the band's focus has always been on live performances. When the guys were looking at an end of 2012 tour in the U.S., they really wanted to do something that connected with fans. So, they actually reached out to them to see what they wanted, and as a result, planned the Does This Look Infected? Tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of that album.

"From talking to a lot of fans online and at shows we kind of knew Does This Look Infected?was pretty much the fan favorite album out of all our albums," said Bassist Jason "Cone" McCaslin. "When you put on an anniversary-type tour you never know if anyone will show up or if anyone still cares about the album from 10 years ago."

They did.

"A lot of people showed up," McCaslin said. "We sold out a bunch of shows and I think everyone had a good time."

Now the band is on the Dead Silence Tour with Billy Talent through mid-April. But given the success of its last stint through the U.S., the guys are planning another brief visit to this side of the border in the middle of its Canadian tour.

"Billy Talent are going to go home for Easter weekend," McCaslin said. "There were some cities we missed on our U.S. tour, so it was a good time to dip into the States and play a few of them."

But what's next for Sum 41? More touring? A new album, perhaps?

"We are doing this Canadian tour right now and then possibly coming off the road to concentrate on writing a new album," McCaslin said. "No songs have been written yet, but it's in the backs of our minds that we want to get something new going soon ... Safe to say, there won't be anything out this year though. It's only mutterings at this point."

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