"I knew right away that this song felt special to me."
This is Sum 41’s final year as a band, but you wouldn’t know it listening to the energetic, modern-day pop-punk banger Landmines.
Their first song since signing to Rise Records, Landmines features a call-to-arms “whoa-oh” chant in the chorus, speedy verses and Deryck Whibley “going out of my head”. You can listen to the single below and set your reminder for the music video, which will premiere at 2 am AEST tomorrow, below.
If Landmines itself feels like a throwback, wait until you see the music video, which finds the band transforming from prom attendees as part of the Class of 1998 into a raucous rock show-turned-food fight, launching Sum 41 and their fans back to the early days of their career.
“When I wrote Landmines, I had no intention of writing an old school “pop punk” song,” Whibley admitted in a press release. “It just came out really quickly, and I knew right away that this song felt special to me.”
Sum 41’s new single is their first since Whibley was rushed to the hospital and subsequently in recovery from a bout of pneumonia and since the group revealed their plans to disband after 27 years as a band, but not before releasing a final album, Heaven :x: Hell, and embarking on a farewell tour across the globe.
“Being in Sum 41 since 1996 brought us some of the best moments of our lives,” the band wrote in a social media statement earlier this year. “We are forever grateful to our fans, both old and new, who have supported us in every way. It is hard to articulate the love and respect we have for all of you, and we wanted you to hear this from us first.
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“Sum 41 will be disbanding. We will still be finishing all of our current upcoming tour dates this year, and we're looking forward to releasing our final album, Heaven :x: Hell, along with a final worldwide headlining tour to celebrate. Details will be announced as soon as we have them.
“For now, we look forward to seeing all of you skumfuks on the road and are excited for what the future will bring for each of us.
“Thank you for the last 27 years of Sum 41.”
In a recent interview on the Tuna On Toast With Stryker podcast, Whibley revealed that Heaven :x: Hell is “a double record, and the Heaven side is ten songs, and it's all like our old-school Sum 41 pop-punk sound.
“New songs that are in the vein of All Killer and Does This Look Infected. The Hell side is another ten songs that are all in sort of the heavier sort of [direction from] Chuck to what we've been doing lately, heavier sound. So it's 20 songs total.”
Throughout their 27 years, Sum 41 developed a reputation for being one of the hardest-working, most prolific acts to emerge from the pop-punk scene.