hmv.com reviews… Sum 41 @ Cardiff Great Hall
Sum 41 rolled into Cardiff last night (February 11th) and we were there to review them in action...
Canadian punk rockers Sum 41 for their first time in Wales for a very long time.
In Cardiff University's Great Hall.
Any good supports?
If you're going to have a support act, you can't have many that are better than Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. They are the definition of tight, powering through songs off of their debut released last year. Whilst sometimes giving off the persona of an angry frontman, lead singer Frank is actually very humble and welcoming t the crowd. Particularly during a more intimate version of 'Beautiful Death' showcasing his impressive clean vocals around a sea of fans sat down around him. However this is only moment of calmness with circle-pits and the like encompassing the whole room even around the sound desk.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It's completely sold out with legs flying over the barriers from the crowdsurfing and many a torn shirt from those in the pit. There's a broad range of ages here tonight showing what universal appeal that they have.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The introduction is a compilation of various snippets of songs really getting the audience excited and in the mood with chants of 'Sum 41' coming from all corners of the room. However there seems to be a small delay before they actually reach the stage. This all changes when they start particularly during 'Motivation' which sets the evening into motion.
'Off My Head (Better Off Dead)' follows in a similar fashion causing the pop punkers to pogo up and down in the middle. It's at this point that they invite some lucky fans from the crowd and get them to stand at the side of the stage for the rest of the show.
The entire set captures slices from their entire career with early hits off of 'Half An Hour Of Power' like 'Makes No Difference' to more recent songs such as 'Screaming Bloody Murder' all being loved by the adorning fans. 'We're All To Blame' is still one of the best songs they have written and one of the heavier moments of the set tonight, with pauses in the middle to have sing offs between the two sides of the room.
The biggest roars of the night come in their early material with cuts from 'Does This Look Infected'; 'The Hell Song' and 'Still Waiting' getting big reactions. Yet after going way past the scheduled curfew, the 'All Killer No Filler' encore of 'Fat Lip' and 'In Too Deep' leaves everyone here on a buzzing high when they leave.
Did they put on much of a show?
They certainly put on a show for the fans; particularly for those few that were lucky enough to be invited on stage to watch. With his bleached blonde hair, singer Deryck Whibley marches up and down the stage throughout getting everybody involved in the fun.
What was the highlight of the set?
It's the encore filled with the All Killer No Filler singles 'In Too Deep' and 'Fat Lip' that everybody has come for. It provokes the biggest reaction of the evening that gets the whole place moving.
The album itself and these songs in particular are almost 15 years old and have a special place for a lot of the fans in their mid 20's who grew up in their teens with this music. The nostalgia and fondness that they feel is definitely shown here.
Where can I catch them next?
The tour sees them hitting the rest of the UK including Birmingham, London, Manchester amongst others. Tickets are pretty hard to come by at the moment with the demand being very high right now!