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Sum 41's was one of the new wave of punk-pop bands that made a big splash in the early 2000's. Founded on a mighty guitar section and a manic rhythm section, the Canadian team succeeded on staking out their own rock & roll territory. Made up of members of several punk outfits, Derick Whibley (guitar, vocals), Dave Baksh (guitar, vocals), Cone McCaslin (bass), and drummer Steve Jocz became the quartet responsible for the Ontario unit's intrepid creations. In 1999 they signed a deal with Island Records and delivered their first EP, Half Hour of Power in 2000. The band then hit the road, playing on the same stage as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Offspring and Blink 182, constantly getting significant acclaim. Following several months bashing out their poppy hardcore punk tunes on stage, they entered the studio again to record their first album, All Killer, No Filler. The record was produced by Jerry Finn, who previously worked with Green Day and Blink 182, along with engineer Joe McGrath. After its release, the crew gained an even larger following, not only in Canada but also in the U.S. after the first single "Fat Lip" became a huge radio and MTV smash. The video is a hilarious and energetic homage to punk kids and the song is an irrestible blend of Green Day and the Beastie Boys. Sum 41 spent 2001 touring the world and regularly popping up on television including a memorable spot on MTV's Cribs where Steve Jocz took viewers on a tour of his parent's house. ~ Mario Mesquita Borges, All Music Guide

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