Pop-punk legends Sum 41 played an incredible sold-out show to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their album, Does This Look Infected?
Walking down the stairs to the House of Blues floor before the show, the room was dark and air heavy, the room almost full before the first band ever took the stage. Sum 41 weren’t the only hotly-anticipated artists to take the stage that night, however; relative newcomers Super Whatevr, led by Skyler McKee, opened up the night to a front line of screaming fans in their Super Whatevr tees and hoodies. Hot off a tour with Movements, Gleemer, and Can’t Swim, Super Whatevr has well-deserved momentum behind them, putting out tracks that make you want to move covered by lyrics that hit the very real parts of our hearts. McKee gets honest and vulnerable in his songs as well as on stage. Check out their most debut album Never Nothing here and follow their well-documented Instagram adventures here.
After an incredible opening with Super Whatevr, Seaway continued to keep spirits high with a high-energy set marked with excellent musicianship. From seasoned frontman Ryan Locke to bassist Adam Shoji, every member captivated and shredded through a set that had the crowd dancing the whole way through. You can take a listen to their latest album Vacation here.
Sum 41 drove home the point that pop-punk is still alive and well. With the signature pop-punks riffs punctuated with confetti and air cannons, Sum 41 put on a show that lived up to, and exceeded, every expectation of a band nearing their two-decade mark. Long a forerunner in the scene, Sum 41 played fan favorites from their now-iconic album, Does This Look Infected? With the end of the legendary Vans Warped Tour and it’s last run this summer, Sum 41’s set, along with it’s opening bands, proved to be bright light in the pop-punk scene, whose future at times feels uncertain in the current industry. To Sum 41, thank you for taking us back and reminding us how special this album is and reigniting hope for a pop-punk future.