Deryck Whibley considers making records a “necessary evil”.
The Sum 41 frontman is set to take his band on the road on their ‘Blame Canada’ tour with Simple Plan this summer in support of new ‘Heaven and Hell’ album, and he admitted performing live was his favorite part of being a musician so he can’t wait to get back to it.
He said, “Making records is like the necessary evil to get back on the road. That’s how we’ve always looked at it.
“It’s been two years and I think we’re going to fall back into it. I’m just really excited.
The ‘Fat Lip’ hitmaker had no plans to write a new album during lockdown as he was ‘trying to relax’ as a first-time father to his son and wife Ariana, Lydon, now two years old, but he felt inspired driving around Los Angeles for hours, accompanied by playlists of music he had listened to in his teens.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: “[One playlist was filled] with all the punk-rock stuff I used to listen to when I was in high school and hadn’t listened to in years. [Listening to this music] got me back into writing.
“Once I had about four or five songs, I was like, ‘You know what? I love all that stuff. I’m not giving it to anybody;
“I wasn’t really trying to start a record.”
The first part of the disc, known as “Heaven”, is part of the current nostalgia around pop-punk, even if the singer started writing this way before it became fashionable again.
He said: “When it happened, I was like, ‘What kind of luck is that?
“There is a weird nostalgia that has set in because of the pandemic.
“For me, the reason pop-punk is coming back is because it’s good music. There’s something joyful about it. Something young and innocent and free.”
The ‘Hell’ side of the album is heavier and more personal.
Deryck said: “Some of the metal stuff comes with a lot of anger for people who have robbed me and hurt me in the past.”
Some lyrics speak of a former manager who stole “a lot of money” and was “mentally abusive” towards the band.
Deryck added: “He was a dark person to be around, so I find that even though it was years ago, it still creeps into my music now. I can handle the stress and issues that come up in the life probably because I write about it and get it all out.
But the ‘In Too Deep’ hitmaker had no plans to do a double album.
He said: “As I was listening to almost all of this it came to mind. ‘Did I just do a double disc by accident?’ “