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Sum 41 Burn Past Addictions In Music Video For Ballad “War”


2016’s pop punk revival keeps on delivering with long-time Canadian mainstays Sum 41 unleashing a powerful music video for latest single War, taken from their soon-to-be-released sixth studio album ’13 Voices’.

War is an emotive ballad, akin to earlier hits Some Say and With Me, driven by piano and a thumping backbeat which gradually builds with layers of guitar and signature vocal harmonies.

The song and video tackle frontman Deryck Whibley’s long-running recovery from addiction. “I feel like this song literally saved my life. I was at my absolute lowest point of what seemed like a never-ending recovery. When I was at a tipping point of falling back into drinking or staying the course of recovery I grabbed a pencil and paper instead of a bottle and started writing…giving up was not an option,” said Whibley.

The music video shows Sum 41 performing in the middle of an aircraft graveyard, representing Whibely’s personal struggles with”crashing and burning” with addiction. Over the course of the video he uncovers items from his past, a journal, a bottle of booze, a t-shirt, and an old drawing, and burns them to symbolise letting go of his past life.

Sum 41 first found success with their breakout album ‘All Killer, No Filler’, churning out hits In Too Deep and Fat Lip, and continued producing powerful, hard-hitting pop punk/metal crossovers with albums ‘Does This Look Infected’ and ‘Chuck’.

Guitarist Dave ‘Brownsound’ Baksh left the group following the release of ‘Chuck’, remaining absent over the band’s latest two releases ‘Underclass Hero’ and ‘Screaming Bloody Murder’. Baksh made his return to Sum 41 in 2015, much to the delight of fans, and will feature on the upcoming album.

War follows Sum 41’s meme-laden single Fake My Own Death as a taste of their upcoming album ’13 Voices’, set for release on Friday, 7th of October.

Check out the music video for War below!