Late in the summer of 2002, I was invited to drop into a tiny Toronto studio where Sum 41 was working on their second studio album. Producer Greig Nori took me through some of the tracks, many of which didn’t even have full titles yet.
“This album is gonna be a killer. More than [first album] All Killer No Filler.” He then proceeded to play the track-in-progress that would eventually become “The Hell Song.”
It was about a month before Christmas 2002 when Sum 41 dropped their Does Their Look Infected? album on us. It would be another million-seller–slightly less than Killer and the follow-up Chuck–but it went a long way towards establishing as the band as a leading force in 21st-century punk.
The album’s 15th anniversary is providing a nice excuse for the band to hit the road again. And Dave “Brown Sound” Basksh is back with the group.
Sorry if this makes anyone feel old.