The roots of Simple Plan’s new album, Harder Than It Looks, return 20 years. In celebrating the 20th anniversary of their influential and really profitable debut, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, the band tapped into the sound and really feel of that report for the brand new album, including in 20 years of expertise since then, in addition to the now grownup themes of their life.
The launch of Harder Than It Looks is a part of a giant yr for the Canadian pop-punk superstars, who will likely be out this yr for a celebration of their Canadian lineage with fellow Canucks Sum 41 on the “Blame Canada” tour.
I spoke with Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau in regards to the new album, his fandom of Pearl Jam, why the band discovered to embrace the success of their debut and never run away from it and way more.
Steve Baltin: Let’s begin with the anniversary of the debut album. When you are within the midst of a report, you do not have time to understand all the pieces. So once you went again to the anniversary, had been there issues that both actually stood out to you or songs that you just appreciated in a brand new method?
Chuck Comeau: Yeah, it has been so attention-grabbing. We really did a giant fifteenth anniversary tour and we had been not likely certain at first if we needed to dive into this complete nostalgia facet. I believe it was a little bit scary as a result of then you definitely begin to assume your band is simply gonna be that sort of act, proper? That like your finest days are behind you and all that individuals care about is your outdated stuff, which we completely needed to keep away from in any respect prices. It’s not what the spirit of this band is all about. We’re all the time attempting to look ahead. But we really stated, “Here’s how we’re gonna approach the whole thing. We’re gonna be proud of our past and we’re gonna be proud to celebrate that because it’s part of the career, it’s part of the art, it’s part of what we’ve achieved, and we’re proud of it. But we’re also gonna be excited about the future.” I believe we are able to have it each methods, and that is actually been the stance of the band. And after we did the fifteenth anniversary tour, what I used to be actually shocked by was how pure and nice it felt to play the entire report. It did really feel prefer it was nonetheless related. And once I noticed individuals within the entrance row singing each phrase even to the extra obscure tracks on the album, it sort of made me really feel like, “We created something that at that moment meant a lot to all these people.” They had been in a particular time of their lives the place the music may resonate with them, and there is one thing particular about having the ability to revisit that point in your life and produce all these recollections. It was actually particular, it was much more enjoyable than I believe we ever anticipated it to be. And that is why now that we’re developing on 20 years once more, it is like, “Yeah, why not embrace that and just be happy?” Because even me as a music fan, I nonetheless gravitate towards the report that I really like once I was a young person or in my early 20s. That’s nonetheless the music that basically grabs me probably the most.
Baltin: When you return and listen to outdated materials it might completely affect new music. So for you, revisiting outdated materials, do you are feeling like there’s a continuation that comes into this new music?
Comeau: Yeah, like one hundred pc. I believe it is really actually inspiring to return and try this tour. It made us wish to make the sort of report that we’re about to launch now with [Harder Than It Looks] as a result of we realized we had the blueprint. We knew what sort of album we needed to make [back then]. There was little doubt in our minds. We had the path and we simply went for it. And it got here out, and fortunately for us, it did join in a very superior method with tons of individuals all over the world. And then on the second report, we made it again to again nearly. We toured and toured and we stopped and we made the report and we went again out. And then once more, we had that very same path. We did some small changes, however we knew who we needed to be. We had the id of the band sort of narrowed down, proper? We had that need. We knew who we had been, and I believe that as you progress in your profession, after one or two information which can be very profitable, then you definitely get into this complete factor about, “Oh, we need to change. We need to completely reinvent the band and who we are as people and how we dress and everything. Because if not, it’s too obvious, you’re just doing the same thing over and over again.” And I believe that that is what occurred on our third album. We bought a little bit bit misplaced alongside the way in which. And with the fourth report, the fifth report, and now this one coming, I believe greater than ever after doing the anniversary, such as you stated, we sort of reconnected with like, “Hey, this is who Simple Plan is. This is what we do. This is what we’re good at. Let’s just embrace what people love about our sound and let’s embrace what we always love about music, which is high energy, super catchy songs with very heartfelt and honest lyrics.” That’s our id.
Baltin: Are there moments on this report that sort of pleasantly shock you lyrically as a result of it reveals you who you might be 20 years later?
Comeau: I believe “The Antidote,” that is all the time been the method for Simple Plan. We really begin with the title and the entire idea behind the tune and we attempt to do one thing that is totally different. You do not hear of a tune referred to as “The Antidote” daily. I provide you with a whole lot of lyrics and the idea and I all the time attempt to push myself and I’ll learn the newspaper, I’ll learn a guide or I’ll be watching a TV present and even hear a dialog. I’ll hear a phrase that individuals say. And I used to be like, “Oh wow, that’s a really cool word. How can I twist that into a song? How can I make that a cool big rock song?” I believe I used to be studying a newspaper. I learn like, oh, the antidote or one thing. I’m like, “Oh s**t, the antidote, that’s an amazing title.” I saved that. And I’m proud identical to “Jet Lag” on the fourth report. These are phrases that you do not actually affiliate with a tune, however by some means we flip into what I believe is a fairly important, Simple Plan tune, nevertheless it has a cool unique hook to it. So I believe that is what’s enjoyable. There’s a tune referred to as “Iconic” on the album that I’m actually happy with. I believe it appears like an anthem that we all the time needed to put in writing, the sort of massive second in your life, like sports activities sort of second. We’ve all the time chased that we had been by no means capable of do it. And on this report we had been like, “Yeah, let’s try.” And we had the proper title that was actually cool and totally different. To me there’s all the time a satisfaction when you may have the little notes scribbled in your pocket book. So I nonetheless get excited at any time when I provide you with a little bit thought, I can think about the potential and there is not any higher feeling than when it is totally combined and you set in your automotive and also you hear it and it is closing. And it is like, “Oh wow, this little thing turned into this.”
Baltin: What is probably the most iconic sports activities second you’ve got witnessed?
Comeau: I used to be within the constructing when the LA Kings received the Stanley Cup for the second time. So that was fairly particular, ‘trigger I’m an enormous hockey fan and I’ve been to many, many video games and I used to be a Montreal Canadians fan in fact, ‘trigger we’re from Montreal. But to see the Stanley Cup and [Commissioner] Gary Bettman current the Stanley Cup. It was additional time in opposition to the Rangers. So that was fairly spectacular simply to be there and see it. Yeah. We bought to truly play the winter traditional and we bought to do the National Anthem proper earlier than the Winter Classic in Boston when the Montreal Canadians performed. And we bought to play the all star recreation for The NHL. So for me, these had been all unbelievable moments.
Baltin: What are a few of your favourite examples of the dichotomy between upbeat music and unhappy lyrics?
Comeau: I believe our complete catalog is that. Like, “I’m Just A Kid,” that tune had this gigantic TikTook revival final yr, nearly like 5 billion impressions on TikTook, which is insane. When you hear, it is like, “I’m just a kid, life is a nightmare you know and nobody cares and I’m alone and the world’s having more fun than me tonight.” It’s a little bit like teenage sort of lyric, nevertheless it’s so attention-grabbing ‘trigger so many individuals now, such as you see it on all social media and particularly on TikTook, they use the lyrics they usually’re like, “Wait a minute, I’m 35, I’m 30, I’m 40. And I still feel the same way.” So that one is a very good instance. The first tune we ever launched, “Welcome To My Life,” it sounds tremendous sort of pleased, however once you take a look at it’s fairly heavy lyrically. It talks about simply being alone and simply fully misplaced and other people not having no thought what you are going by.
Baltin: What about as a fan, one or two examples for you as a fan from different individuals’s music?
Comeau: Pearl Jam, for me, was a giant band. “Alive,” that tune felt very catchy and tremendous pop, however then you definitely would go into the lyrics and go, “Oh, wow it’s a lot heavier.” Or like “Jeremy,” for instance. Even some Bad Religion songs are, when it comes to the melody, so catchy. Then you hear and it talks about all these social issues and all the pieces. And I believed that was all the time actually attention-grabbing. Blink-182, identical factor,. They had a whole lot of songs that discuss that angst of not having the ability to slot in, then they might discover a approach to make that sound so catchy. Then My Chemical Romance, identical factor, you’d be singing about suicide, and it is like the best melody on this planet. So I believe that there is a number of bands that try this.
Baltin: Let me ask you about working with Deryck Whibley who I’ve identified for a billion years.
Comeau: We’re tremendous excited. We got here up nearly on the identical time, I believe they had been a yr earlier than us. And I bear in mind, like there was a little bit of a rivalry between Simple Plan and Sum 41 as a result of we had been each from Canada, and we had been enjoying in the identical scene and all the pieces. They had that sort of perspective on the time the place they might go after all people and that was their shtick, that was their factor, proper. And so it is actually cool all these years later to see that each bands have sort of survived and are nonetheless right here, nonetheless thriving, and nonetheless doing effectively, nonetheless related. And to have the ability to lastly do one thing collectively, musically, I believe the followers are gonna be completely thrilled about it. So to return collectively and do a tune, it is actually cool. He’s been tremendous good about doing the entire thing. He did it again in his home in Vegas and we simply texted and electronic mail. We’re additionally gonna announce an enormous worldwide tour with them as effectively, for the anniversary. It’s gonna be fairly superior to have the 2 bands coming collectively and doing this, we have by no means finished it. We’ve by no means performed a tour with them.