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POZ Decade: Sum 41 - Chuck

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 7, 2014

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Sum 41’s Chuck was released ten years ago last week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Becky Kovach and Zack Zarrillo, so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Chuck ten years later!

How the album holds up in 2014
Looking back on Chuck, it’s important to realize that this album was a new direction for Sum 41. Inspired by time the band spent in the Congo in the midst of internal conflict, it cited heavier influences like Metallica and Iron Maiden while the lyrics dealt with darker subjects including war, death and politics. Though it still featured the catchy melodies of Sum 41’s pop punk roots, Chuck was an altogether more serious rock album. 

Ten years later those catchy melodies still stand strong – Sum 41 played this album loud and fast, and it’s really what they do best. Even the lyrical content holds up; though we may not be speaking about the Congo much these days, war is still raging there and elsewhere in the world. From “We’re All To Blame” to “The Bitter End” and beyond, Chuck still provides insight into this fucked up world we’re all living in. – Becky Kovach
 
Most important song on the album
It’s hard to pinpoint one song as the most important on Chuck, but for me, it’s always been “Pieces.” Because sometimes you need help realizing that it’s okay to be alone and it’s okay to not be perfect. “Pieces” did that for me ten years ago. 

As one of the slower, more alternative-skewed tracks, “Pieces” stands out amongst the album’s quicker and heavier leanings. Its drifting guitars, the quiet calm as Deryck Whibley admits to struggling with who he is (“I tried to be perfect/It just wasn’t worth it/Nothing could ever be so wrong/It’s hard to believe me/It never gets easy/I guess I knew that all along”) were things that stuck with me as a kid listening through Chuck for the first time, and still stand out in my mind today.  – Becky Kovach

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Deryck Whibley Was Spending $1,500 A Week On Alcohol Before Hitting Rock Bottom

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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Deryck Whibley recently did a tell all interview with Kerrang about his alcoholism and the effects it took on Sum 41. Read a part of the interview below after the jump.

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Sum 41 Post “Crash” Demo From ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 21, 2014

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Deryck Whibley has posted a demo version of “Crash” from Sum 41's Screaming Bloody Murder. Stream the demo here and the original version below after the jump.

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Deryck Whibley Taking Help From Iggy Pop, Tommy Lee For His Sobriety

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 10, 2014

Deryck Whibley is being helped with his sobriety through advice from Iggy Pop and Tommy Lee. You can check out a quote from Whibley, via a Kerrang issue, below after the jump.

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Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley Is Writing New Music Post-Hospital Stay

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 9, 2014

Deryck Whibley is back to writing new Sum 41 music after his recent hospital stay. Read an update from Whibley below after the jump.

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Deryck Whibley, Brownsound Reconnect After Seven Years

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 4, 2014

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Deryck Whibley is hanging out with his ex-Sum 41 bandmate, Brownsound, after seven years of not seeing each other. Read an update from Whibley below after the jump.

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Sum 41 To Be “Back Out On Stage Before You Know It”

by Zack Zarrillo - May 27, 2014

Deryck Whibley is back home from the hospital and is in good spirits. He’s getting well, and is even promising fans that he’ll be back out on stage (likely with Sum 41) before we even know it. Read the update below after the jump.

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Deryck Whibley’s Troubled Journey From The Perspective Of Another

by Zack Zarrillo - May 21, 2014

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The outreach and support towards Deryck Whibley from fans after hearing about recent medical troubles has been large, and it’s also caused  some other artists and touring friends to speak out. Brian Keith Diaz, perhaps best known as a tech for Fall Out Boy or the singer of The Reunion Show, wrote a phenomenal blog about Deryck and what his life on the road with him was like while clearly tiptoeing around a disease. Read part of the blog below after the jump.

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Deryck Whibley Leaves Hospital; Looks Like Shell Of His Former Self

by Zack Zarrillo - May 20, 2014

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The punk community was shocked late-last week to read a blog from Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 not only admitting he has a problem with alcohol, but shedding light on a month long hospital stay due to organ failures. It’s truly hard to see individuals you’ve looked up to and love fall so drastically in ways that seem fake.

Whibley has now emerged from the hospital, but is looking in considerably bad shape, as if he is a shell of his former self. You can view an image from TMZ below after the jump.

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Deryck Whibley: I Can’t Drink Anymore; Frontman’s Liver, Kidney Collapsed In Month Long Hospital Stay

by Zack Zarrillo - May 16, 2014

Sum 41 has been more inactive than ever lately, and it’s now become apparent why. We’ve seen frontman Deryck Whibley enjoy alcohol to its fullest extents in music videos and on tour updates, but he finally went too far and unfortunately faced a month long stay in the hospital following his kidney and living collapsing. The news is very scary, but Whibley has pledged to himself and to fans to stay clean and to re-focus his life on music. Read an update from Whibley below after the jump.

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The Republic Of Wolves Interpret Sum 41’s “In Too Deep”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 2, 2014

The Republic Of Wolves have a way of making joke songs that few other bands do. Listen to their interpretation of Sum 41’s “In Too Deep” below after the jump.

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The Weekender: Blind Justice, blink Demoing City Lights Breakup, Sum 41 Don’t Know When To Stop

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 15, 2014

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Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you. 

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Blind Justice Accused Of Illegally Taking Nude Photos From Girl

The genres of punk and hardcore are were built by outcasts who decided it would better to stick together and create rather than take advantage and destroy. Decide what side you’re on, and don’t attempt to fool anyone by saying anything otherwise.

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blink-182 Demoing New Music

Momentum seems to have slowed down for blink-182. In November and December it seemed clear that the band had plans to begin recording their follow-up album to Neighborhoods in February, but that seems very unlikely. 

The band has plans for a summer in Europe, but music needs to predate that plane and boat ride blink. Will we see a June or July release? That’s what’s necessary if blink want to take over the world, again.

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City Lights Call It Quits

From the band:

We have decided to call it quits because we’ve all come to a time in our lives when we’re ready to take on new opportunities. For some of us, that involves continuing to play music, and for others it involves working behind the scenes in the industry. We firmly believe that we can contribute to not only our own musical growth, but to the growth of our music scene in general by taking on these new opportunities, and continuing without City Lights.

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Sum 41 Making A New Album; Band Auditioning Drummers

The real question Sum 41 needs to ask is, “Does anyone want to hear new music from us?” It’s a little hard to believe that the answer is “Yes.”

Sum 41 put out three incredible records in a row, and they have all stood the test of time. Underclass Hero, while not a fan favorite, was a huge success in the mainstream world. Screaming Bloody Murder was a major failure in every regard.

Since then, the band lost another lifetime member. Since then, Deryck Whibley’s personal and physical life have fallen apart and he has become a laughing stock among fans.

It might be time to just stick to the hits, if the hits can even draw people out.

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For Today: It Was Frustrating Because I Really Do Love Gay People

There’s a point where it’s better to say no comment then to say something no one believes. 

Sum 41 Making A New Album; Band Auditioning Drummers

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 11, 2014

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Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 recently did an interview with a Detroit radio station to discuss new music and a new drummer. Check out a rundown of what he said below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Albums That Deserve 10 Year Tours In 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

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Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!

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Say Anything - Is A Real Boy
I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years.  - Adrienne Fisher

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Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.

Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo

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Midtown - Forget What You Know
Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was 
a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.

And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher 

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