The Canadian punk pop outfit thrill fans with a fast-paced concert at Centrepoint Studio
Hundreds of rock heads turned out to Centrepoint Studio on Sukhumvit Soi 105 on Wednesday night to welcome Canadian pop punkers Sum 41 to Thailand for their first gig.
After the shows by four opening acts and a blast of “TNT”, Australian hard rock band AC/DC’s 1976 hit single, the lights dimmed and singer and guitarist Deryck Whibley, bassist Jason McCaslin, drummer Steve Jocz, and lead guitarist Tom Thacker strutted out to the stage.
The band breathlessly cruised through nearly 20 songs from five albums: 2001’s “All Killer No Filler”, the 2002 follow up, “Does This Look Infected?” plus “Chuck”, “Underclass Hero” and “Screaming Bloody Murder. The second album proved a favourite, with Sum 41 ripping through six singles - “The Hell Song”, “Over My Head” (Better Off Dead)”, “ANIC”, “No Brains”, “Mr Amsterdam” and “Still Waiting”.
For a band whose heyday was 12 years ago, the set was both impressive and unexpected, featuring different musical styles from pop punk, punk rock, rapcore to heavier styles of alternative rock and alternative metal.
The audience, many of whom had donned Sum 41 t-shirts, jumped, screamed and moshed during the first few tracks, especially in catchy opener “The Hell Song” and “In Too Deep”.
Whibley then invited four of the crowd up to the stage, explaining that they’d have more fun watching the whole show from a different angle.
Most of the crowd knew the lyrics and sang and shouted along with many of the songs, getting especially loud on “Tell about love” and “ANIC”, which the band transformed from slow ballad to punchy rock.
“Do you like fast music?” Whibley asked, letting the energy flow through the crowd with “Mr Amsterdam” and “Still Waiting”.
The vocalist thanked fans for their support before introducing the other members of the band and segueing into “Underclass Hero”, the last song of the set.
Screams and applause brought Sum 41 back on stage for an encore, performing covers of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” before closing out the concert with “Fat Lip”.