Sum 41 and Machine Gun Kelly join the Rock For People 2020 line up

In the late summer of 2018, SUM 41 frontman, Deryck Whibley, stepped off the tour bus after three solid years of worldwide touring, turned on the console in his home studio, picked up a guitar, and started pouring out song after song. Feeling incredibly inspired from 2016’s critically-acclaimed Europe Impala Gold certified, #9 Billboard Top Albums charting, 13 Voices album and touring cycle, Whibley feverishly started putting together songs from the cascade of ideas flying throughout his mind. Relentless touring and immense energy from some of the largest crowds the band had ever played in front of bred a multitude of ideas that Whibley had stockpiled and couldn’t wait to record. Within three weeks, the majority of the music for the new album, Order In Decline was written.

Order In Decline is a burst of uninhibited feeling, a page out of his journal, a window into his soul that reflects on extremely personal and vulnerable events, because as he confesses, “It’s also very hard not to have feelings about everything that’s going on in the world.”

Armed with the most honest and personal songs of his career, Whibley continued to pour everything he had into the album. Producing, engineering, and mixing the album in his home studio, Whibley pain-stakingly crafted and fine-tuned each song, highlighted by Deryck’s fast and full riffs, guitar solos from lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Brownsound, harmonious chords from guitarist Tom Thacker, and the heavy, heart-thumping rhythm section of bassist/backing vocalist Cone McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo. The result is undoubtedly SUM 41’s heaviest and most aggressive album in their storied career, while also being its most dynamic and raw.

After over 15 million records sold worldwide, a Grammy Award nomination, 2 Juno Awards (7 nominations), a Kerrang! Award in 2002, as well as multiple Alternative Press Music Awards, SUM 41 is quite simply a rock band – uncompromising and honest with no intention of slowing down.

MACHINE GUN KELLY burst onto the music scene with a lifetime’s worth of determination in 2012. With the release of his first album “Lace Up,” Machine Gun Kelly immediately shot to fame. The talented young rapper who hails from Cleveland, OH possesses the attitude of rap greats with the talent to match. From his gritty rhymes to his tenacious presence, MGK has become a permanent staple in the hearts of his ever so growing fan base.

Penning rhymes about everything from family struggles, relationships and addiction, Kelly as an artist embodies every generation’s relentless perseverance toward creating a better future with some good-old fashioned grit. The ability to seamlessly blend hip-hop and rock genres has allowed MACHINE GUN KELLY to reserve a top spot in both worlds. With various punk and rap influences tangled in MGK’s crafty beats and lyrics the rapper has been able to distinguish himself from the masses.

My punk influences blend into my raps and a lot of it is in my raspy, grungy voice. Punk also gave me a different writing style, I use more words and it taught me to put my views into my subject matter. Living life and doing what you have to keep moving forward.

Machine Gun Kelly

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