Sum 41 Talks 'Motivation,' Pranks, & Next Album

By | December 17, 2001 at 12:00 AM

“Motivation” will be the next video from Sum 41’s platinum-selling All Killer No Filler album. The follow-up to “In Too Deep,” shot two weeks ago in L.A., will debut on MTV in late January.

“It’s more about the lack of motivation,” says Deryck “Bizzy D” Whibley, the punk band’s 21-year-old singer. “It’s about what it was like growing up in our town.” Their town is Ajax, a Canadian suburb 30 miles outside Toronto. “It’s so boring. It’s just suburbs, there’s no downtown,” he explains. “As soon as you get into Ajax, it’s houses until the end, no strip malls, nothing to do. It takes 10 minutes to drive through the whole thing.”

To cut the boredom, the band stole pizzas and super-soaked innocent passersby. Now that they’re rock stars nipping at the heels of Blink-182, however, the pranks have evolved.

“You can’t take dumps on the bus,” Whibley says. “So at night, when you’re driving and there’s nowhere to stop and you really have to go, you do it in a bag. And we throw that out the windows at cars.”

In addition to crafting excrement bags, the band is also using its time on the road to write new material. “It sounds like us, but a little bit more advanced, a little better, a little bit more dynamics,” he says. “It’s gonna sound like a Sum 41 album, but it won’t sound like the last Sum 41 album.”

Whibley says he has no lyrics or song titles yet; those usually come in the studio. “But we’re working on stuff all the time,” he says. “We have a portable studio in the back of the bus.”

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