Sum 41 Biography
This Canadian pop punk quartet broke through in the US charts in 2001 with their second album, All Killer No Filler. Sum 41 was formed in Ajax, Ontario in 1996 by teenagers Deryck Whibley (21 March 1980, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada; vocals/guitar) and Steve Jocz (b. Stephen Martin Jocz, 23 July 1981, Ajax, Ontario, Canada; drums). Dave Baksh (b. 26 July 1980, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; guitar) and Cone McCaslin (b. Jason McCaslin, 3 September 1980, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; bass) were recruited to complete the line-up, with the band taking their unusual moniker from the fact that they were formed 41 days into the summer. The quartet created a stir on the local scene with their playful antics and energetic live performances, which in turn attracted the attention of several major labels looking to cash in on the commercial success of poppy hardcore bands such as Blink-182 and the Bloodhound Gang.
Sum 41 signed to the independent label Aquarius in Canada, but opted for Island Records in the USA. Their 2000 debut, Half Hour Of Power, helped establish their reputation for snappy pop melodies and puerile lyrics. All Killer No Filler repeated the formula, albeit with a better production sound, and was buoyed by the success of singles Fat Lip and In Too Deep on US radio. They adopted a more streamlined hard rock sound on the follow-ups Does This Look Infected? (2002) and Chuck (2004), with diminishing returns. Baksh left the band in May 2006 to concentrate on his Brown Brigade project.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.