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KIND OF THETHE KER­RANG! TOUR 2016 TALK­ING HAS BEEN AN END­LESS POINT OF EX­CITE­MENT EVER AN­NOUNCED SINCE IT WAS LAST YEAR. BUT THIS WEEK, STOPS, AND THE THE TALK­ING AC­TION BE­GINS. HOLD ON TIGHT!

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We’re not ones to blow our own trum­pet, but this year’s Ker­rang! Tour has shaped into some­thing rather spe­cial in­deed. From Sum 41 front­man Deryck Whi­b­ley’s tri­umphant vic­tory over the al­co­hol ad­dic­tion that nearly killed him and the re­demp­tion of ex-gal­lows hard­man Frank Carter, to the emer­gence of poppunk-twisters ROAM and the fran­tic, pure rock’n’roll of Biters… Th­ese are four ut­terly unique bands that en­cap­su­late why it’s such an ex­cit­ing time to be a fan of rock mu­sic right now. Those lucky enough to have snapped up tick­ets be­fore the en­tire tour sold out back in Novem­ber will be wit­ness­ing Sum 41’s first proper UK run in six years, as well as their very first tour with gui­tarist Dave ‘Brown­sound’ Baksh back in the ranks, nearly a decade on from his de­par­ture over cre­ative dif­fer­ences.with the tour kick­ing off this week, we fig­ured we’d sit down with the four front­men to find out what lies in store for all of us…

THIS YEAR ES­PE­CIALLY, THE K! TOUR FEELS LIKE A MIX YOU WOULDN’T NOR­MALLY GET TO SEE ON THE SAME BILL TO­GETHER… IS THAT AS EX­CIT­ING A PROSPECT FOR YOU GUYS AS IT IS FOR THE REST OF US?

DERYCK WHI­B­LEY (SUM 41): “I think it’s a re­ally cool line-up! I’m ex­cited to see it my­self, so I can imag­ine it’ll be re­ally cool for some­one watch­ing from the crowd. I’ve checked out ROAM, I re­ally like their en­ergy; Frank Carter and Biters, too. I think ev­ery­one sounds re­ally dif­fer­ent and that’s ex­actly why it’s go­ing to be a tour to re­mem­ber.va­ri­ety is the spice of life? Sure, it is!” FRANK CARTER: “Yeah, that’s how I think, too. I try to put my­self on the most mixed bills I can be­cause it’s more in­ter­est­ing as the tour goes on. When it’s a bunch of bands that play the same mu­sic as you, it gets tir­ing. For me, it’s bet­ter to see dif­fer­ent bands in one night. Plus, I can’t re­sist a shot at try­ing to steal the Sum 41 crown ( laughs).” ALEX COSTELLO (ROAM): “I’ve never seen Sum 41, and hav­ing been a big fan since I was younger, to see you guys for the first time as well as sup­port you is mind-blow­ing! And it’s the same with Frank – I haven’t seen you play yet, but I’ve heard plenty of sto­ries about what you get up to on­stage!” TUK SMITH (BITERS): “I to­tally agree.there are not a lot of bands do­ing what we’re do­ing right now, so we kinda have to love play­ing mixed bills and with crazy-dif­fer­ent types of bands. Like Frank, we’re gonna try and win over some of those Sum 41 fans…”

DERYCK, THIS YEAR’S KER­RANG! TOUR WILL BE YOUR FIRST PROPER UK RUN IN SIX YEARS. DID YOU MISS US?

DERYCK: “I didn’t know it had been that long! I mean, it felt like a while, but wow… We’ve al­ways loved tour­ing the UK, and my whole fam­ily is from there, too. At this point in our ca­reer, and ev­ery­thing I’ve been through in re­cent years, I feel very lucky. So, now I’m ex­tra ex­cited to come back! It feels like there’s more of a pas­sion for mu­sic in the UK. And most bands would agree with me on that.the fans are re­ally en­er­getic and get into it… That’s all I hear from ev­ery­one, and I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it my­self.”

THOUGH YOU ALL LOOK AND SOUND COM­PLETELY DIF­FER­ENT, THERE ARE A LOT OF SHARED IN­FLU­ENCES AT PLAY HERE, TOO…

FRANK: “It’s re­ally im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that. We may be in dif­fer­ent bands mak­ing dif­fer­ent sounds, but that’s the beauty of mu­sic. It tran­scends all bound­aries; any­body from any walk of life can love the same mu­sic as you. No-one wants to go and see the same band 15 times. Hav­ing that va­ri­ety is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant.you need to hear new sounds and dis­cover that you love glam rock or pop-punk or hardcore or what­ever… It’s all gotta be there be­cause it’s all im­por­tant.” TUK: “There were a lot of elit­ists around when I was grow­ing up, where you could only like mu­sic from cer­tain years and abide by other

peo­ple’s rules.there’s so much good mu­sic through­out rock, why not pool all the best shit to­gether? Peo­ple are go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence all sorts of rock, which is ex­tremely im­por­tant.”

ALEX, WOULD IT BE FAIR TO SAY YOU LOOK UP TO DERYCK AS ONE OF YOUR BIG­GEST POP-PUNK HE­ROES?

ALEX: “That would def­i­nitely be fair to say! When I was grow­ing up, the first record I got was [Sum 41’s 2001 de­but] All Killer No Filler. I begged my dad to get me it be­cause ev­ery­one else at school was rav­ing about it. And, to be hon­est, I haven’t stopped play­ing it to this day. I have so many mem­o­ries of that al­bum! When we were start­ing out, we had a think about what kind of style we were go­ing for and we all agreed that pop-punk was the way to go. So, we started jam­ming out and Sum 41 has been there from the start to in­spire us.” DERYCK: “Thank you! You know, I don’t re­ally think of my­self be­ing an in­flu­ence to any­one. In all hon­esty, this is the first time it’s popped into my mind in a very long time. I never imag­ined this would ac­tu­ally hap­pen to us; I didn’t fig­ure that peo­ple would ever say that about us. It’s cool, I guess, but also hard to process.” ALEX: “All the pop-punk bands we play with, and I mean ev­ery­one, each per­son has their own views on Green Day or blink-182. But when you say Sum 41, that’s the one band where ev­ery­one will be like, ‘Sick!’ And re­gard­less of what their favourite al­bum is, there’s just al­ways so much re­spect there.”

DERYCK, AN­OTHER HUGELY EX­CIT­ING AS­PECT OF THE K! TOUR IS THAT IT WILL BE YOUR FIRST WITH DAVE BAKSH BACK IN THE BAND. HOW MUCH DID YOU MISS HIM OVER THE YEARS?

DERYCK: “I missed him on a load of dif­fer­ent lev­els. He’s one of my old­est friends; I met him on my very first day at high school.you think about all the ex­pe­ri­ences you go through at that young age, all the stupid shit you do with your friends when you’re a teenager.the peo­ple you meet in your mid-20s or 30s are dif­fer­ent, be­cause you don’t have those early ex­pe­ri­ences of do­ing dumb shit to­gether. And on an­other level, we started play­ing and learn­ing to­gether at such a young age – it kinda makes one sound by com­ple­ment­ing each other.the way I play gui­tar is so dif­fer­ent to him, plus we still have Tom [Thacker] play­ing gui­tar in the band, too. So, with the three of us, it’s even bet­ter. As as a five-piece, this band feels bet­ter than ever be­fore.”

WERE THERE ANY WRONGS TO RIGHT OR WAS IT SIM­PLY A MAT­TER OF GROW­ING APART AND RE­CON­NECT­ING WITH EACH OTHER?

DERYCK: “When Dave left the band, there was no an­i­mos­ity or any fights or any­thing like that.we just didn’t speak for ages… We never crossed paths. He did his thing and I did mine, that was that.we started chat­ting on the phone a few years ago and be­came friends again. It was a re­ally nat­u­ral thing. He still lives up in Toronto where my fam­ily are, so I would see him when­ever I went back. Even­tu­ally we started talk­ing about play­ing to­gether and how we felt about that. And both of us were like,‘yeah, it’s time!’ Af­ter a decade, who knows what might hap­pen?

THE KER­RANG! TOUR HAS A REP­U­TA­TION FOR BE­ING MANY FANS’ FIRST-EVER TASTE OF A BIG ROCK SHOW. THAT’S A VERY SPE­CIAL THING, RIGHT?

DERYCK: “That first con­cert for peo­ple is so im­por­tant. It’s some­thing you’ll get asked a ques­tion about later in life and you don’t want to say some­thing lame and feel like a dum­b­ass! Hope­fully this will be a cool thing for ev­ery­one at­tend­ing as their first show.” FRANK: “It def­i­nitely is! I re­mem­ber go­ing to see Sys­tem Of A Down at the Lon­don As­to­ria when I was 16 years old, and I re­mem­ber stand­ing there be­ing com­pletely blown away.they shred­ded my face off! And that stayed with me for­ever… When I get given the op­por­tu­nity to take my punk band onto a big stage with big lights and have a show, I get the mag­ni­fy­ing glass out and blow it up. I want that mo­ment. I want to help kids, be­cause there’s a lot of mu­sic tak­ing up the air­waves that doesn’t de­serve to be there. I want to

FRANK

CARTER

The ‘A’, ‘L’ and ‘E’ on Alex’s shirt fell vic­tim to the wash­ing ma­chine

Tuk got so lost in his own solo, he did­nõt no­tice it en­ter a third day

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