by Michael McKenna
(Nor'Easter Magazine Contributor to Starlight Music Chronicles)
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the award-winning act, Simple Plan, has made waves internationally with their raw, in-your-face, energetic, high-energy Pop/Punk sound. Born in 1999, they have risen to one of Canada's most recognizable acts. Their latest LP, “Taking One For The Team” features appearances by New Found Glory singer, Jordan Pudnik and The Voice runner-up from Season 2, Juliet Sims, has spawned the first single, “Opinion Overload.”
The band consists of Chuck Comeau on drums and back vox; David Desrosiers on bottom and back vox; lead guitarist Jeff Stinco; Pierre Bovier on vocals and Sebastian Lefebvre on guitars and back vox. The guys are now back on tour to promote this new effort in Europe.
This single is one of those tracks that combines a very commercial Pop/Punk feel with an Alternative/Indie Rock flavor. The band describes the tune as “A song about following your heart and not letting anyone tell you that you can't.” They go on to say, “For us, writing it was about getting back to our roots and reminding ourselves and everyone else what this band is all about. We wanted to make a video that strips everything bare and lays it all on the table; go back to the basics and focus on what we love the most: playing shows for you.”
The track opens with pounding percussion, banging guitars, right from the door, that seque into the powerful vocals and harmonies in a perfect sync. The animated moves, and that hellacious chant “HEY” just kick things up to the stratosphere in short order. The awesome amount of the power projected throughout generates a kick-ass energetic flavor that just tickles the ear. SHIT HOT!
If this is a sample of what is to come from the new LP, I would not be surprised if it gives birth to numerous singles that will take Alternative formats by storm worldwide. This track is a MUST LISTEN! On the Nor'easter Storm Scale, I give this a FORCE 4! WELL DONE!
Single Review by Michael McKenna
Nor'easter Entertainment Magazine
From Warner Music Canada
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Just after wrapping up a two-year-long tour in support of 2011’s Get Your Heart On!, multi-platinum-selling pop-punk band Simple Plan spent another two tireless years creating a follow-up album that captures the classic Simple Plan spirit but boldly stretches the limits of their sound. “One of the reasons we’re still here today is that we’ve never done just what people expect us to—we’ve never been afraid to try something different,” says drummer Chuck Comeau, who co-founded the Montreal-bred band in 1999. “We’re proud of our pop-punk roots and we we’ll never turn our backs on them, but we also like to take chances, surprise our fans, and always keep them guessing on what we’ll do next.”
The result: Taking One for the Team, Simple Plan’s fifth full-length and most ambitious album so far, offering hard-hitting punk-fueled tracks alongside songs that delve into everything from reggae to delicate acoustic balladry. “We’re a pop-punk band at the core and we’ll always want to create those big, anthemic rock songs, but there’s also a part of us that loves other types of sounds, other types of music,” frontman Pierre Bouvier points out.
The band’s long awaited new release marks the group’s first new full length since 2011’s ‘Get Your Heart On!’. The new album is preceded by a trio of new songs, all featured on the forthcoming release. “Boom,” “I Don’t Want To Be Sad,” and the album’s lead single “I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed (feat. Nelly)”. Taking One For The Team is set for release on February 19th.
Album Track Listing
Kiss Me Like Nobody's Watching
Singing In The Rain (Feat. R. City)
I Don't Wanna Go To Bed (Feat. Nelly)
I Don't Wanna Be Sad
P.S. I Hate You
I Dream About You