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Seb hopes for new Simple Plan music by the end of 2018 & discusses David in a new interview

Ahead of the upcoming Australian tour, Sebastien Lefebvre did an interview with the Australian website May The Rock Be With You. In this interview, Seb discusses mostly the concept of the No Pads tour and summed up the past year, but he did also mention quite a number of information regarding the next plans for the band, which mostly include making a new record.

Sebastien’s words match his bandmates’ recent interviews, in which the guys have previously stated that they would like to focus on finishing the 6th Simple Plan album as fast as possible, as they don’t want their fans to wait any longer for the next release. Apart from that however, Seb also hopes to already have some music released this year…

Check out what exactly Seb has said regarding new Simple Plan music below:

“[…] Right now we’ve obviously got a couple more places to go on tour, but we just started a little bit of time off now, we don’t have any major tours until the Australian one so we’re sort of getting a bit of rest, I’ve already started working in my studio and I’m sure the other guys have as well and just trying to come up with some ideas, see what sticks, see what doesn’t and we’ll get to it more officially in the next few weeks or next month or something like that.

[…] As soon as we start writing and things go amazing and every song that we write is great, then we’ll head in the studio quite quickly because we would love to take a little less time between albums. However everybody wants to see this anniversary tour so we have to take a little break from writing to travel to come see you guys and other shows this year here and there which will be fun because there’s always shows to play here and there, but that is the plan, we’re gonna try to focus on writing and recording and the album I think that’s the theme for this year.

[…] By the end of 2018 Simple Plan will release some new music, that’s what I’m hoping for, maybe not a full album, maybe not anything but hopefully by the end of the year something will be out, that’s what I’m crossing my fingers for – but don’t put that on the schedule, don’t put a date on that, don’t go crazy on the fan sites – that’s just what I’m hoping for.”

– Seb Lefebvre –

As you can see, things are definitely not set in stone just yet and there’s still a whole record to be written, recorded and published, but the band is certainly already looking through all its options: Seb has already begun looking for some inspiration and in the coming weeks, the band may in fact start working on new music. At this point we also know that Simple Plan plan on breaking their “no writing on tour” rule and would like to also work on their music throughout summer – while on Warped Tour.

However, there’s still one question left to be answered: what about David? Simple Plan’s bassplayer has not been performing with the band for the whole past year, while he’s been trying to get better at home, as he revealed last year that he’s been struggling with depression for quite a while now. The question of David will of course be crucial when it comes to the planning of any new tours as well as the recording of the next album, so it was only natural that the reporter asked it in this interview with Seb as well. This is what Seb replied:

“He’s been dealing with a tough year so he’s been taking a lot of time to rest and stay at home, he’s going through a very difficult depression so he’s just slowly getting out of it, and he’s still in the band obviously so don’t start any rumours but he and us felt it was better to stay home and rest instead of getting on a hectic touring schedule all year that was extremely busy. At the moment he’s just making sure he feels good.”

– Seb Lefebvre –

There’s currently still no word on whether David wants to rejoin Simple Plan on tour anytime soon, but it doesn’t seem very likely at this point – especially given the nature of the destinations Simple Plan have on their schedule next. Keep checking back – if anything changes, we’ll let you know right away.

In the meantime, we’d like to ask you to please continue allowing David to get back on his feet again on his own time.

Chuck Comeau shares stories about his first cars and his current Tesla in a new interview

La Presse+ recently published a brand new article featuring Simple Plan’s Chuck Comeau, which took a bit of a different spin to regular interviews with this drummer. Instead of music, Chuck was asked about a car that marked his childhood, the very first car he owned, his worst car and also his dream car – which happens to be the car he currently owns, as he’s an owner of his dream Tesla.

If you’d like to know more about Chuck and cars, you can check out the English version of the interview below:


“Doc Brown’s and Marty McFly’s DeLorean DMC-12 from the Back to the Future trilogy. Like many children at the time, I loved these movies and I was fascinated by this car, which not only looked extremely cool, but could also travel back in time and fly. I went to see all the movies with my parents, I watched them at home on VHS and every time they played on TV. The Doc’s character’s quote: “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads …” impressed me greatly and I really wanted to be Marty McFly, drive this car and have a hoverboard!”


“It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but I did not get my driver’s license until I was 30 years old. I started my driving lessons when I was 16, but I gave up on touring Canada with my first band, Reset, at age 17. The first vehicle I bought, or rather was bought by the band, was an old motorized car in very bad condition that we paid something like $3,000 for at the time. It was a real public danger, but for us it was a luxury tourbus where we could sleep, cook and look like a professional band. We managed to make the round trip Montreal-Vancouver before it died during our second tour, in a snowbank between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Then, when Simple Plan started, our lead singer’s dad lent us an old recycled ambulance van, with the sirens and oxygen tanks still installed at the back, which allowed us to make our first shows and countless trips between Montreal and Toronto, where we recorded our first album, ‘No Pads, No Helmets … Just Balls’!”


“I will always remember when the band rented a car during the recording sessions of our first record in Toronto. We knew that all the money that the record company was advancing us would be refundable, so we were extremely cautious with our expenses, not to mention very cheap, and that’s why we had chosen to rent a car from the business of Rent-A-Wreck Rental …. a 1995 Ford Taurus! On the phone, it was really the windfall of the century: only $50 a month! We quickly understood why when we got behind the wheel. It was literally the worst car in town! The brakes did not work, the bumper held in place with “duct tape” and the color was a mixture of yellow and indescribable brown. But even worse than that, it was the nauseating smell that came from inside the vehicle. It was as if there was a dead animal in the glove compartment. It made our heart ache so much that we took deep breaths before boarding and kept our noses stuffed all the way. We were so embarrassed when we arrived at our destination because we were convinced that our clothes smelled the same … it was absolutely horrible!”


“I am a big fan of Tesla and I consider myself extremely privileged to own my two dream cars, the Tesla Model S (sedan) and the Tesla Model X (SUV)! Tesla is an incredible builder that, I believe, will greatly accelerate humanity’s progress towards the rejection of fossil fuel dependence and the adoption of clean and renewable forms of energy, and I am very proud to have a small contribution in that all by being an owner. I’ve been driving a Tesla for more than four years and I still feel the same joy every time I get behind the wheel. We just bought the Model X and the falcon doors that open up are so practical with our two and a half year old boy. And the best part of all this is to never have to refuel at the gas station! It’s a game changer! It’s really a revolutionary car, with absolutely gorgeous design and hallucinating performance and, honestly, even if I won the lottery tomorrow morning, I don’t think I would want to drive another car.”

– Chuck Comeau –

Pierre Bouvier for Rolling Stone about the importance of Warped Tour for Simple Plan’s career

Many alternative music fans were shocked to learn recently that the summer of 2018 with be the last ever edition of Warped Tour. Warped Tour, the biggest alternative traveling music festival, has been a safe haven for the fans of pop punk, punk rock and other alternative music genres ever since 1995 when Kevin Lyman founded it. The tour brought tons of acts across United States and Canada and made thousands of fans fall in love with them. With this week’s announcement of the 2018 Warped tourdates however, Kevin Lyman confirmed with mixed feelings that it will be the final year of Warped.

Simple Plan have been tied to Warped Tour almost since its beginnings. Before they became a band, Reset was a part of Warped for a couple years and Simple Plan were a part of its lineup for many summers, most recently in 2015 and they also took part in the 2017 Warped Rewind At Sea cruise – a “nautical” spinoff of the popular traveling tour.

Pierre Bouvier from Simple Plan talked to Rolling Stone a few days ago and discussed the importance of Warped Tour in Simple Plan’s beginnings and shared his thoughts on what might happen next now that Warped will be no longer.

We definitely recommend reading through the whole article, which will give you lots of insights on the behind the scenes of the music business and Warped Tour in particular:

When we first played Warped Tour with Simple Plan, I already had a lot of experience with Warped Tour on my own, just attending and being part of it with other bands. I remember playing the Toronto show, and our way of doing it was super DIY. We went around the entire crowd all day along with a couple Walkmans to play our five-song demo. We’d walk up to people and say “Hey do you want to hear some music? We’re playing at 1 o’clock at whatever-stage-we’re playing-at.” We would go out and recruit fans one-on-one. It was this one time a year where all us like-minded punk rock and pop-punk fans would get to see each other, meet each other and be around people who were similar to us outside our friends and bandmates. We would realize in each city that there were so many people who enjoy Blink-182 and Green Day and Face to Face and Offspring and Pennywise and all these cool bands you don’t see on MTV or hear on the radio.

Of course, this was a time before social media exploded. Being able to tap into something like that was a lot harder. It wasn’t like we could press a button on our phone and find each other. You had to find these alternative music stores or go to Warped Tour and get a glimpse of who these bands were and what this culture was like. It was a really special time of year when these bands came around.

Either the year before or after we played for the first time as Simple Plan, Chuck and I attended Warped as fans. Because of our experiences with our previous band, we had a relationship with some of the guys from Blink-182 since we had played some shows together. I know that Chuck had hung out with Mark [Hoppus] quite a bit. I think it was at the Toronto Warped Tour we basically waited outside their tour bus for them to emerge so we can possibly intercept them and play them our newest demo we had recorded in Montreal. That was how you did it back then: you would find bands you liked and play them your song.

I have a vivid memory of being outside Blink’s tour bus, hoping they would come out so we could say hi. I remember feeling so stupid and thinking “Man, what are we doing here? They don’t want to talk to us!” Chuck was like “No, man! I know Mark, and he’ll be happy to see me!” So we waited for hours, and they finally come out and we pass along the demo. That demo had an early version of the song “I’d Do Anything,” which ended up being our second single off our first album. Mark really loved the demo and started corresponding with Chuck. Then we thought it would be the coolest thing as little pop-punk boys from Montreal to ask Mark if he would sing on the song, which he ended up doing. Basically the Warped Tour is a huge factor in how the band got some notoriety and excitement and hype around it. It ended up being a big hit for us.

That vibe was really important. Everyone is the same on Warped. All the tour buses are parked together. Everybody eats the same catering. It allows people to hopefully catch a glimpse of their musical heroes.

I think for a lot of our fans and fellow bands, we’ve always been considered on the poppier side of Warped Tour. We’ve had a lot of mainstream success and radio support, and there are a lot of people who may not be hardcore Warped Tour fans who may know our band that heard our songs. But it was always important for us to remain part of that scene and not just be an MTV pop-punk band. This tour is where our music started, and where we as fans started. It’s important for us to keep being part of it.

We’ve always made a conscious effort to go, even though there were some years it financially didn’t make much sense to do Warped Tour; because there’s so many bands, it’s not a huge moneymaker for anybody. We could’ve taken more lucrative offers somewhere else, but it was important for us to go play – and possibly lose some money but to connect with our fans. [Playing] the Warped Tour as a band is an experience like no other. It’s like going to summer camp.

Kevin Lyman [Warped Tour’s founder] and his team really handpicked bands that are part of a style. If you like Green Day, Blink-182, Simple Plan or Good Charlotte and so many other bands, you’re probably going to like the band playing on any stage. That’s what’s cool – it gives an opportunity to bands in this style … they could expose their music to a potential crowd that already kind of likes the style that they’re doing.

Also, it didn’t always work the way Kevin envisioned it, but it kept bands humble. If you went on Warped Tour and thought you were cool but acted like a dick or above everyone else, there’s a chance you might get kicked off the tour. There was even a year that I believe Alien Ant Farm had a bit of an attitude when their Michael Jackson cover was blowing up and got kicked off the tour because of it. It’s humbling, and at the time could’ve been frustrating.

For us, we played Warped in 2002 and it was right when No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls came out and we started blowing up. Our pay on that tour was peanuts — maybe $200, $300 a day — and we were playing a small stage that could barely accommodate the crowds coming to see us. At the end of the tour, Kevin asked us to do it the following year and we agreed to a $500 a day contract for 2003. As that year progressed, we became so huge with a platinum record and everything blowing up. We came back to Kevin and said we needed more money, and he said “Nope! We agreed on a handshake for $500.” At the time it was so frustrating. We were one of the biggest bands on the bill and were getting paid shit. Looking back, it’s part of the mentality.

That’s what is cool about it. You can go see someone who is on the verge like Katy Perry, Sugar Ray or even Eminem. You can see them on a small stage at a random time, and it’ll be chaos and mayhem. That was part of the magic. We’re all the same, and now that we know Kevin a little better, I do think that’s what he was trying to achieve: not to create a bunch of asshole rock stars. I think some people took it the wrong way, but I get it.

But Warped Tour was part of a generation. Over the last five years, it’s not as tightknit and genre-specific as it used to be. Back in 2000, all the bands on Warped had a similar sound, where now, and because it’s only normal that music is evolving and changing, there’s a lot more things. From electronic music to people like Machine Gun Kelly and Twenty One Pilots. It’s no longer just bands playing guitars and drums and rocking out. It wasn’t sustainable as it once was anymore.

It’s going to have to be replaced by something, one way or another. I think it’s a shame that something like that can’t keep going and exist and be a place for people to exist and discover new things outside of their phone or social media or Spotify. Then again, that’s where the future is going. That’s evolution and how our parents feel about us and how we’re gonna feel about our kids.

It’s a shame that that this style and culture can’t sustain itself as it used to. There will always be alternative styles and music and cultures. By the time my kids are in high school, I’m sure there will be things they love that will make me go “What the hell is this?” For them, that will be their Warped Tour.

Even the style of music that Vans Warped Tour represented at the beginning and even halfway through, I don’t know that that style of music will get a lot of new pioneers. I don’t know if there will be another Blink-182. There will be other people who are alternative and different, but all the pop-punk pioneers are doing things that are nothing like what they used to do. Is it because they got bored of it? Have all those bases been covered? Have all those songs been written? I don’t know.

– Pierre Bouvier [Rolling Stone article] –

Simple Plan among AP’s TOP 10 most influential pop punk bands

In their latest article, Alternative Press, one of the most respected music magazines of the alternative music scene, named the TOP 10 most influential pop punk bands, which shaped today’s pop punk other other styles of music. It surely was very hard to narrow down all the incredible pop punk acts into a list of only 10, but still, the writers of Alternative Press couldn’t forget to include Simple Plan, who have been one of the most persistent bands on this scene for over 17 years (14 years, if we could from the year of their debut album’s release).

Check out Alternative Press’ reasoning for including Simple Plan in the list that also features Sum 41, MXPX, Blink 182, Green Day, Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory, Yellowcard and Fall Out Boy:

Simple Plan

“These Canadian natives hit the scene hard with their debut, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls. While the album titles have gotten a tad more mature, their music still sounds made for every summer vacation. And now, 14 years into their career, they’re collabing with…Nelly? Yeah, you read that right. Just goes to show Simple Plan aren’t afraid to take risks and still keep coming out with awesome pop-influence albums.”

Pierre about a concert experience that changed his life

According to SPB, a short piece written by Pierre Bouvier from Simple Plan was featured in the Kerrang magazine recently. In this article, Pierre reminisces about the first concert that influenced his following career and made him truly want to be in a band.

Check out Pierre’s memories on the NOFX / Face To Face / Ten Foot Pole / Trigger Happy show that took place in Montreal in 1994 below:

NOFX, Face to Face, Ten Foot Pole, Trigger Happy
The Spectrum – Montreal (November, 15 1994)

This was the first show I ever saw that had a real impact on me. I was 15 years old and I knew how to play guitar a sing a little, but I had never seen a true rock show. I’d just started a band with Chuck Comeau about a year before, and both of us were obsessed with the SoCal punk scene, which was huge in Montreal at the time.

The show was sold-out, and as soon as the first note was played by the opening band, Trigger Happy, the crowd went insane. It was like a gigantic steam room in there, with people moshing and stage-diving nonstop for hours – it was like nothing I had ever seen before. I spent some time in the mosh-pit getting smashed around, but I soon realised that what I really wanted was to be up on that stage. The music the bands were playing was amazing, and the energy coming off these guys onstage was palpable! I knew right then and there that this was what I wanted to do more than anything. I watched and listened to all the bands attentively and studied their moves and banter.

It felt like I had finally found where I belonged. I remember whe the show was finally over, I bought an oversized, mustard yellow Ten Foot Pole t-shirt and a few CDs. From there on out, all I wanted to do was listen to music, play in our band and somehow find a way to do this for a living.