Canadian punk band Sum 41 dropped a brand new single and music video last night that grabs hold of their signature energy and flings it into the world of 2016. “Fake My Own Death” is an energetic, Punk-Metal track reminiscent of their 2004 record Chuck, but bringing forth elements from 2012’s Screaming Bloody Murder. What the band ends up with is a politically-fuelled, hard-hitting piece of punk that snaps their comeback into focus.
The track opens with screaming guitars and a syncopated choked-crash pattern, breaking into an intro that incorporates a brilliant phase effect on the guitars and some stereo panning that provide dimension and depth. When Deryck Whitley’s lead vocals come in for the verse, the energetic, filtered aggression feels like he took the energy of past performances like “Blood in My Eyes” and turned it up a few notches. Sonically, this is a great decision; there is enough melodic force to not be a complete scream-vocal style, but enough rawness to make you consider what he would sound like if he decided to pull a little more ‘vocal fry’ into his sound – my guess is he could compete with the likes of Three Days Grace in that department.
The accompanying music video sparks a narrative of nightmares, fusing an energetic performance by the band with cartoonist appearances by everyone from Kermit the frog drinking Tetley tea, to Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump. It really is a fascinating watch, and a bit of an ‘I Spy’ game to find the strange and communicative appearances of familiar faces. It reminds me of the film Pixels, but stranger; cartoon meets real life, with an almost sticker-like aesthetic.
Frankly, this is a stellar resurgence from a Canadian band that I personally have been a fan of since I began my foray into rock and punk music in my childhood (Chuck stood next to Green Day’s American Idiot as my two first punk rock records). The energy of the choruses, the fuel of the politicalized lyricism, and the stellar drum sounds (yes, of course I have to mention drums!) combine to form a rebirth single that has some other punk bands’ comebacks fall a little flat in comparison. If this is the kind of punk the new album will be full of, count me in, because this track is KILLER!
Check out the video for yourself right here:
Look for the new record, 13 Voices, due out October 7, 2016; pre-order on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/13-voices/id1119678192