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FasterLouder: “Nothing is funnier than metalcore dudes singing every word to Simple Plan!”
The Australian server FasterLouder has written an article about the “8 things we learnt at Vans Warped Tour Sydney” and lo and behold, a mention of Simple Plan made it to entry no.5 entitled “Nothing is funnier than metalcore dudes singing every word to Simple Plan.”
Check out the excerpt below:
5. Nothing is funnier than metalcore dudes singing every word to Simple Plan
Surprisingly, there was a lot of positivity in the air throughout the day. The fact the festival was held on a Sunday meant that that the drunken moron element was minimised, and made way for the most serious of music listener to shake along to Simple Plan’s ‘Welcome to My Life’ and bust out their best whiney pop punk vocal rendition of ‘Perfect’. A duet between the Canadians and Jenna McDougall from Tonight Alive was a highlight, with the Sydney pop-punker’s voice perfectly synched with Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier’s.
TheBrag.com has recently interviewed Jeff Stinco from Simple Plan about his upcoming plans and his views on the music industry. Check out the excerpts from the article of some very interesting topics that Jeff talked about in the interview (for the full article, go here):
On critics labeling music:
“I have nothing against journalists and critics – I believe that they are an important part of the process of appreciating music – but there’s something very limiting about tagging a genre to a band’s music. When I hear that my band’s a pop-punk band I just want to reference our songs that aren’t at all like that, and I feel there’s a lot of them too. It’s about writing the best songs possible for us and it just so happens we often use a certain sounding guitar or drum to get that. There’s just so much music out there that people need to somehow make sense of it all. I totally understand that and I do the same thing. There’s very little music out there right now though that is purely one thing. There’s so much cross-talk between the genres these days and it shows that the close-mindedness has gone. As a music lover I doubt that any serious artist only listens to the genre of the music that they are or were making. I’m pretty sure that Bob Dylan has heard an N.W.A song.”
On Simple Plan staying true to themselves:
“We released a book, kind of a retrospective, and it reminded us about how little we understood the music industry and how we were just thrown into a big whirlpool, or cyclone of interviews, shows and travel. We never got to perceive the magnitude of what the band was all about, and at a point I think that lack of knowledge made this band more real and more appreciate of what we have. In this day and age in the industry it’s very fickle. I don’t live in the day-to-day world where I’m dealing with chart positions – I’m dealing with the fans and that’s what I really try to make it about. Social media has really made us able to do that a lot more and when I look at the music industry, I don’t know, it allows us to put records out and play shows but there’s always being something very DIY about this band. A lot of decisions are made within this band; 99 per cent of the time we’re making the decisions and in the one per cent that we’re not, we’re reacting to something and that’s when you’re not making an entirely free decision. I try to avoid speaking about numbers and I’m really still – it’s hard to say without sounding pretentious – but I’m still in it for the music. During my career I’ve seen so many people in it for the wrong reasons, guys just starting bands to get laid or to make the big bucks, but I’ve also met real artists and those are the guys I look up to and that is what I aim for with this band.”
In a brand new interview that TheMusic.com.au’s Benny Doyle conducted with Chuck Comeau, Simple Plan’s drummer revealed that the upcoming EP (exact release date is expected to be revealed any day now) might even be release before Simple Plan hit Australia for Warped Tour – and since the first Warped show is scheduled for November 29th (Brisbane), we might get some new SP music already this month!
Check out an excerpt from the article (and the full version here):
Songwriting sessions for an anticipated fifth record have started in earnest under the Californian sunshine. However, before they get down to serious business, Simple Plan are going to give us a musical wedge in the way of an EP. Comeau hopes the bridging release – a first for the band – will be out before their Warped visit.
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Interview with Sebastien: “As long as we’re relevant to our fans, that’s all that matters.”
Daniel Cribb from TheMusic.com.au recently did an interview with Sebastien from Simple Plan in which they discussed various subjects from Warped Tour, direction of the next record to the connection with Simple Plan fans.
Check out the full article here or just Seb’s quotes from the interview below:
“They say Warped Tour is a punk rock summer camp, right? It’s true. There’s definitely a lot of bands coming together and helping each other out. Maybe ten years ago it was about who the coolest band was, but I think Warped has evolved from that, and now it’s just about the music and having a good time and the kids coming to the shows and enjoying a million different bands playing. We did it a few years ago in the US and it was great; I think it’s going to be even better in Australia… [Australia] feels like Canada with a lot of beaches and beautiful weather,” – Sebastien on Warped Tour
“It’s crazy how simple it can be to make a difference in someone’s life, and when we saw that, there was no way around it for us, we had to get involved somehow and try to help out as much as we could. We never thought it would be that much work. I mean, it is simple to make a difference, but there is a lot of logistics involved. Whether it’s been locally or abroad, we’ve definitely met some people who we’ve had a positive impact on. We met some kids in Africa who were able to go to school because of our support, and we’ve met some people in our neighbourhood who have a hard time, whether it’s coming out or depression or general illness, and it’s huge. It’s very difficult to grow up nowadays and if we can be there to help, we will.” – Sebastien on the band’s charitable efforts through the Simple Plan Foundation
“There’s part of Simple Plan that just wants to have a good time and not take things too seriously. We really, really enjoyed the philosophy of the last record, which was to just have a good time, and we’re going to carry on in that vein and write songs that are going to be fun to play and tour on, so that’s the general direction of our new album.” – Sebastien on the direction of their next album
“They say you’re only as hot as your current single, so if we have a flop, people will forget about us. We’ve always taken the approach that with every new album we start over, we’re a new band. We always try to make the right decisions and not base it on who we are and what we’ve done before. I think for us, as long as we’re relevant to our fans, that’s all that matters; as long as we’re connecting with them, and as long as we put out music they can identify with and can say, ‘Yes, Simple Plan is still my favourite band’, that’s being relevant to us. I mean, it’s very difficult to be a trendsetter or be the band that everybody looks to and all the critics say, ‘Oh my god, this is the greatest band in the world’ – that’s not what we try for. We just want that connection to the fans, and I think we’ve been pretty good at maintaining it so far and we’re happy to keep it going.” – Sebastien on the band’s connection with their fans
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First reviews of “The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute”
Today was the official release day of the tribute album to Tony Sly, called The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute that many bands contributed their covers of Tony Sly’s or No Use For A Name’s songs – including Simple Plan who covered the acoustic version of Tony Sly’s & Joey Cape’s “Justified Black Eye”.
A couple of music servers have already written a review of this tribute record, mentioning Simple Plan’s cover as well. Despite the fact that after the announcement that Simple Plan would be a part of this tribute record (that mostly includes bands that are more punk than pop) many punk music fans expressed their disappointment and worries about “Simple Plan ruining the song for them”, both of the reviews that are already available have been rather positive about Simple Plan rendition of “Justified Black Eye”.
Here you can check an excerpt from the review published on DyingScene.com (thanks Adrien for letting me know):
“Newer bands from more recent years, many of whom no doubt drew inspiration from No Use in their respective formative years, also submit spirited renditions of Sly-penned track. Simple Plan’s down-tempo, finger-snappy “Justified Black Eye” is one of the unexpectedly catchier songs contained on the compilation, unexpected for sure.“
“The inclusion of Yellowcard and Simple Plan on The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute caused some initial consternation among some holier-than-thou punk fans (imagine that). The truth is, No Use For A Name’s music, especially their later, poppier material, was a direct influence on those bands. Anyone who doesn’t hear it is either deaf or in denial. Furthermore, the inclusion of those two bands might inspire new fans to pick up the compilation, which not only benefits Sly’s family but potentially turns them on to his music. How is that a bad thing? To their credit, Yellowcard play it straight with “Already Won,” injecting their own crafted sense of energy into what was originally a fairly somber acoustic number. Conversely, Simple Plan’s take on “Justified Black Eye” is poppier and sparser than the original, which places emphasis on the song’s eternally important lyrical message.”
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Interview with Chuck about this year’s line-up on Australian Warped Tour
In a recent interview that Chuck Comeau did for Forte magazine, he did not only proclaim his love for Australia, but also talked about the bands that will be appearing on this year’s edition of Warped Tour there, alongside Simple Plan.
Check out what Chuck said about them below:
“We all love The Offspring – they’re one of the first bands that made me want to form a punk band. When we were young we’d watch snowboarding videos and their first record, Ignition, was always on the soundtrack. From there we discovered Pennywise, NOFX, Bad Religion, Lagwagon and Strung Out. They were a huge part of introducing us to that whole scene, that whole world of music that we fell in love with. It was truly a game changer for us. Since then we’ve had a chance to play with them, so we’re friends … It’s weird to say because they’re such idols to us.
An Australian band we love is Tonight Alive. They’re really awesome and when we had them on our tour two years ago they blew us away. Their new record is dope, and the singer Jenna sang with us on the track ‘Jet Lag’ every night on the tour, so hopefully she’ll do that again. The Used are also amazing. I really enjoy them.”
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