A couple of weeks after announcing a massive fall tour, Sum 41 has returned with a brand new music video. On Thursday (Aug. 25), the Canadian band unveiled the music video for the first official single off of their upcoming album, 13 Voices. Earlier in the week, the band had taken to Facebook to announced that they had decided on “War” as the official lead single from the impending record, though in June, they released “Fake My Own Death.”
“Hey everyone. I wanted to let you know that we have picked the official 1st single from our new record #13Voices,” the band wrote on Facebook on Monday (Aug. 22). “We will be releasing the song at 12am et on August 25th. This song is called ‘WAR.'” The music video for the song is simpler than the internet parody clip they created for “Fake My Own Death.”
The almost four-minute video begins with a woman driving a convertible in the middle of the desert. Eventually, she reaches an airplane wreckage and parks the car. She gets out and goes to the trunk of the car and pulls out frontman Deryck Whibley, leaving him in the sand. Throughout the clip, we see Whibley walking around the wreckage as the band performs inside of the bare plane. As Whibley walks around the wreckage he stops and see items in the sand. The items include a doodle, a stripped shirt, a guitar, a skateboard and a bottle of whiskey. Watch the complete video for “War” below.
According to a Facebook post which accompanied the new song’s video, Whibley explained just how the song came to be. “So we have officially picked the first single now. This song is called ‘War,’ I picked this song because of it’s importance to me,” the post, written by Whibley begins. “I feel this song literally saved my life. I was at my absolute lowest point of what seemed like a never-ending recovery. I was at a tipping point where I could have easily just given up and went back to my old ways of alcohol abuse which would’ve ended up killing me, which at the time felt like a better option. When all of a sudden, in mid-thought, these lyrics sort of appeared in my head and I grabbed a pencil and paper instead of a bottle and started writing.
The note continues: “When I read it back to myself, I realized I had written words that I would need to live up to if I wanted to survive. Whenever I had any thoughts of giving up, I would read these lyrics myself. To remind me that I need to keep fighting harder and what it was exactly I was fighting for.”
“War” will join “Fake My Own Death” on Sum 41’s sixth studio album. 13 Voices is set to be released on Oct. 7 through Hopeless Records. In support of the new album, the band will embark on their “Don’t Call it a Sum-Back” tour. The trek will kick off on Oct. 5 at the House of Blues in Orlando and wrap up a month later on Nov. 6 at the Mayan in Los Angeles. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.