Earlier this year, we learned that Sum 41‘s hit “In Too Deep” initially began as a reggae tune — and now a band member has confirmed that a demo version of the track totally featured Snow and Treble Charger‘s Greig Nori.
Corroborating most of Ben Cook’s original news-breaking story, Sum 41 bassist Jason “Cone” McCaslin told the dudes at the Blink-155 podcast that the track had, in fact, been written by frontman Deryck Whibley, but that it was originally to be recorded with a different band — one comprising Whibley, Nori and Snow.
McCaslin said that the trio were in the midst of forming a band, and recorded said demo of “In Too Deep.” Snow reportedly sang on the verses, while Nori lent his vocals to another part of the song.
“It kind of worked,” McCaslin said. “It sounded cool. Snow’s got that reggae, cool voice.”
Then, according to McCaslin, “The band just didn’t do anything.”
“I forget actually,” he said, when asked if the group came up with a name for themselves. “I don’t know if they got that far.”
He’s not sure what happened to the reggae demo, but assumes that it’s either in the possession of Whibley or Snow. McCaslin even agreed with the suggestion to release the track as a Record Store Day 7-inch, but maintained that “we’d have to convince them.”
While that supergroup may not have got off the ground, Nori went on to manage Whibley, McCaslin and the rest of Sum 41 — and Snow was “just around.”
Given that Whibley had written the song, when his band with Nori and Snow fell through, he brought “In Too Deep” to Sum 41 and said, “Well, I’m just going to take it for us.”
It became a hit for Sum 41, though reflecting on the song now, McCaslin admitted that the band preferred their own earlier version of the song to the one that appeared on All Killer No Filler. He explained that they had recorded a version with a heavier intro, which they continue to perform live to this day.
“The record company preferred how it ended up on the record, how it starts kind of soft like that,” McCaslin explained. “We all regret that now, in hindsight. We should’ve stuck to our guns.”