15 years after its release in 2003, Sum 41 is celebrating their hit album Does This Look Infected? with a nationwide anniversary tour. Last night the band hit NYC’s Terminal 5 with support from Seaway and Super Whatevr.
Super Whatevr started off the show on a high note. Though much of the crowd was unfamiliar with the band, crowd surfers still made their way to the front and those who knew the words were shouting along the whole set. Many of the songs on their debut record, Never Nothing, touch on darker topics, including toxic relationships and mental health. The cathartic release is a way of learning from the negatives and pushing forward to a better place, and there was no doubt that the record resonated with the crowd.
Seaway was up next, bringing their high-energy pop punk to the stage. Playing songs primarily from their newest releases (2015’s Colour Blind and 2017’s Vacation), the bands easygoing and likable sensibilities uplifted the crowd.
After much anticipation, Sum 41 finally took the stage. Confetti rained as the band ran up on stage, immediately jumping into tracks off Does This Look Infected?. Rather than play the album in order, the band mixed it up, playing songs from DTLI out of order as well as songs from their other albums. Fans were having the time of their life as the band played through the iconic album, which includes hits like “Still Waiting”, “The Hell Song” and “Over My Head (Better Off Dead)”. It was incredible to see the crowd’s reaction, especially considering the band did a 10 year anniversary tour for this album just five years prior. The album still holds its place as one of the most celebrated pop punk albums, as made clear by the fans’ reactions.