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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!
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