By Johnny Papan
Punk teens of the early 2000s were shocked when Dave “Brownsound” Baksh announced his departure from Sum 41 in 2006. A founding member of the band, Baksh’s Indo-Guyanese background complimented with his shreddy, heavy guitar playing made him a unique and recognizable figure in the scene at the time. After nine long years, Baksh returned to Sum 41 at the Alternative Press Awards in 2015 and appeared on the band’s 2016 album 13 Voices. Three years later, the band is ready to come in heavier and harder with their new record, Order In Decline.
“We were in agreement that we had to come out of the gates really strong on this record,” Baksh says. “The album’s title is based on a system that has never worked — the order of the world. Not only in our continent, but all over the place. The order of everything seems to be in decline, in our view. It seems like we’re kind of leaving the next generation out to dry.”
Overall, Order In Decline is aggressive in sound and mature in composition. It walks a fine line between punk rock and metal yet still finds room for melancholic, reflective ballads. It is the second record written by Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley since overcoming major health complications caused by alcoholism.
“Man, even if he was a garbage person to be around sober, I’ll still be happier than when he was deep into the drinking,” says Baksh. “Being home, hearing about what was going on and not being able to reach out, it hurt a lot. Now, the friendship that we had since the first day of high school in transportation technology class, you know, it’s been rekindled. I think it’s stronger than it was before.”