There's a lot of anticipation for what will be the next stage in Sum 41's career. It began with singer Deryck Whibley's overcoming serious health issues and embracing sobriety. Then little by little, he began to get back to writing and earlier this summer the group made a triumphant return to the stage at the Alternative Press Music Awards, welcoming back former guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh in the process. Now Whibley and Baksh are discussing what the future holds with with Alternative Press as well.

Whibley says of the returning guitarist, "I would say the only thing that's different now is we're just a little bit wiser -- a little bit. We're just a little bit more mature. We're a little bit more experienced in life in general." Baksh adds that getting a second chance is gratifying, stating, "It's the answer to 'What if?' The answer to 'Why?' The chance to prove that that was just a moment in time where I got overwhelmed. I took a lot of time to ... really wrap my head around the responsibility of being in a band."

As for new music, Whibley says, "Recording-wise, there's about 6 or 7 songs recorded. But the thing is, I just keep writing new ones ... but I am going to stop it at a point. It's not going to keep going. For the next few months, it's just writing and recording and then I hope it should be getting ready to be done. Then we have to figure out our label situation. I just really want to get back on the road. I hate being in the studio."

He adds that having Brownsound around should only add to their sound, stating, "I think it opens it up to just being able to experiment more and do mor things with guitar and background vocals. Tom [Thacker] is such a great musician all around -- who knows what different colors and flavors we can add? It makes everything open to anything, really. The exciting thing is the unknown, if that makes any sense."

Meanwhile, there's another name player that appears to be rocking with Sum 41. Goldfinger drummer Darrin Pfeiffer has checked in from the studio where he's been rehearsing with the group. It is not known if Pfeiffer's status is as a special guest, fill-in or something more permanent, but several Facebook photo posts from the studio have surfaced.

As their new album is first and foremost, Sum 41 touring is limited at the moment. Stay up to date with their shows here.