Sum 41 Singer Explains Why Band Is Breaking Up

Sum 41 Singer Explains Why Band Is Breaking Up

Sum 41 shocked fans earlier this year when they announced that their upcoming double album, “Heaven X Hell,” would be their last. The album will be half punk and half heavy metal, but the band is calling it quits shortly after its release.

In a new interview with CJAY 92 out of Canada, Sum 41 singer/guitarist Deryck Whibley explained why the band is ending. 

“I’m a big believer in that the music tells you what to do, and it just told me this should be a double album,” he said. “Once that album was finished, I’d realized, and I’d been thinking this for a while, that I felt like after all these years with my 1,000 percent focus on Sum 41 all day, every day, I felt like I don’t have much more of that in me to continue past this record.”

He continued: “I’ve been in this band since I was in tenth grade, and I just… I’m getting to a point where I’m thinking, I’d like to put some focus and energy into something else. And I felt this is probably the best record we’ve ever made. And I think this version of the band is the best we’ve ever been live. And I thought, what a way to just go out on this one.”

“There was no pressure, because we didn’t really know that we were going to make this the last record. When I started writing songs for this record, I didn’t even know I was writing songs for Sum 41. I thought I was writing for other people, because at the beginning of the pandemic, I was getting asked by managers and record labels if I’d work with some of their artists. They were looking for pop-punk stuff. And so I just started writing songs, and I just happened to like them and I didn’t wanna give them away. So I kept them.”

He added: “I didn’t even know we were making a double album. I didn’t even know it was going to be what it became. It wasn’t until all the music was just written. I was just writing for the sake of writing, and when I listened to it all back, it just kind of spoke to me.”

Sum 41 burst onto the mainstream scene in the late 90s/early 2000s. Their debut, “All Killer No Filler,” featured hit singles “Fat Lip” and “In Too Deep.” 

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