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— by Joe D'Angelo

As precious studio time ticks away, Sum 41 are nowhere to be found. Deryck Whibley, Dave Baksh, Cone McCaslin and Steve Jocz, who've been holed up on Manhattan's West Side for three weeks recording their next album, have only got seven days to emerge from the studio with at least a rough cut if the record is to be in stores by November.

When they finally do stroll in — sporting T-shirts and bedheads, save for drummer Jocz's closely sheared dome — they're not worried. Their confidence stems from their desire to get right down to business.

The four guys plop down on a comfy couch, and, with feet planted on the newly waxed coffee table, begin to examine a huge binder thick with enough laminated takeout menus to satisfy the diverse cravings of the finicky rock stars who've recorded here before. After rattling off cuisine ranging from Middle Eastern kabobs and Thai food to burgers and fries, a health kick strikes.

"Is there a freshly squeezed juice place?" bassist McCaslin wonders. "That sounds like a Christina Aguilera studio experience," he adds, acknowledging his rather un-punk preference.

"Here's 'The Juice Bar,' " Jocz points out, "but they only have two kinds of juice! What's up with that? Look, this place isn't even called 'The Juice Bar,' and they've got five different kinds. This place is kick-ass. I'm going here."

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"No, it's a bad place," singer Whibley advises. "I've been there twice."

"What's so bad about it?"

"It just sucks. How about this place? It's got shakes and malts — "

"Shakes and malts aren't juice, dude," Jocz interrupts.

"Dude, they are so juice," Whibley retorts. "Milk is considered juice."

Well, apparently Sum 41 are in no rush to put their noses to the grindstone. Is this what a typical day in the studio is like for these guys?

"You're lookin' at it," Whibley confirms. "We sit around all day on this couch, order food, talk about stuff that we should be doing — "

"And then go in, take a stab at it and come back out for dinner," guitarist Baksh adds matter-of-factly.

When they reveal that only a fraction of the new album, their follow-up to last year's platinum All Killer No Filler, has been completed and that lyrics to entire songs still need to be written, what initially came off as a goof becomes believable. Would they be able to beat the clock and finish their make-or-break record in just a few days?


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