Sum 41 Lace New Album with Politics?

Published: 2007-04-25
"This will not be a political record," states Sum 41's front man on their MySpace page. The message needed to get out because their first single may have been taken the wrong way. "March of the Dogs" is a political song striking at the President, but rest assured the rest of the album will not preach politics.

Perhaps Sum 41's new album Underclass Hero does not hold a political thesis, yet "March of the Dogs" starts off like this, "Ladies and gentlemen of the underclass, the President of the United States of America is dead." That will be a lyric that will pigeon hold the rest of the album.

One thing for certain is that this new song statement is a great way to capitalize on publicity. The album isn't even released until July 24 but the buzz around it is quite noisy already. Not all publicity is good and people are having mixed reactions. Yet Whibley stands confidently behind the record, "I started asking myself all these questions that I would ask a band I was producing, like, 'What have I done in music already?' 'What do I want to say?' and 'How do I want this record to be perceived?' I had all these questions and I started answering them by writing songs. I wanted to write about something that had significance, I wanted to make an album that was important and I wanted to make something that was 100 percent original."

So far there is so much political association with the album it might be hard to get past it. On July 24th the audience will be able to make their own decision.

Writer: Lindsey Peterson



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