Sum 41 has some new music to share with fans, with the veteran pop-punk outfit releasing a new single titled “War”, along with an accompanying music video.
The follow-up to “Fake My Own Death”, released earlier this summer, has deep personal meaning to Sum 41 front man Deryck Whibley, who almost died during his battle with alcohol abuse back in 2014.
“I feel that 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,” he explains. “Whenever I had any thoughts of giving up, I would read these lyrics to myself over and over again. They helped remind me of what it was that I was fighting for, and that I needed to keep fighting harder. Giving up was not an option.”
In fact, Whibley believes that working on the band’s upcoming album “13 Voices” was instrumental in his recovery after hovered near death when his liver and kidneys shut down. “I had to learn how to do everything again-my motor skills, learning how to play guitar again… I couldn’t even walk at the time,” he recalls of his four-month stay in the hospital. “It was really difficult, but at the same time if I didn’t have a record to make, I don’t think I would have recovered as quickly, or even at all. Writing music gave me a purpose. I had to get better.”