Simple Plan (formed in 1999) is an influential Canadian pop-punk and alternative rock five piece, hailing from Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Formed during the members’ time in high school, Simple Plan is comprised of lead vocalist Pierre Bouvier, lead guitarist Jeff Stinco, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Sébastien Lefebvre, bassist and backing vocalist David Desrosiers, and drummer Chuck Comeau. Prior to the band’s earliest incarnation, Bouvier and Comeau had played in the relatively successful Canadian band Reset, who are known for touring alongside MxPx, Ten Foot Pole, and Face to Face. Rocking a pure punk-pop sound, Simple Plan performed at the 2001 Van Warped Tour, before heading to the studio to record their debut. With vocal assistance from Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, the resulting album “No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls” was released in March 2002. Aided by the singles “I’m Just a Kid”, “I’d Do Anything”, “Addicted”, and “Perfect”, the album peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard 200, later being certified double platinum. The album was supported by an extensive tour of over 300 worldwide shows, including a headline show at the 2003 Vans Warped Tour, and opening for Avril Lavigne.
The band’s 2004 follow-up, entitled “Still Not Getting Any…” was produced by Bob Rock and represented a more mature, less teenage angst approach to songwriting. Charting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, the album earned strong reviews from critics and spawned the singles “Welcome to My Life”, “Shut Up”, and “How Could This Happen to Me”. The band embarked on a tour of the world in support of the album until February 2006, before returning to the studio.
Recorded in Los Angeles, U.S., Montréal, and Miami, Simple Plan’s eponymously-titled third full-length album was released in February 2008. Featuring a more romantic aesthetic than its predecessor the album peaked at No. 2 on the Canadian Album Chart, and No. 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The record was produced by Dave Fortman, known for his work with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, and spawned the singles “When I’m Gone”, “Your Love Is a Lie”, and “Save You”. The band’s subsequent tour saw the band travel to Tel Aviv, Dubai, Estonia, and Poland all for the first time, as well as dates across the U.S., Canada, and the UK.
Simple Plan’s fourth full-length album “Get Your Heart On!” was released in June 2011. Featuring Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Natasha Beddingfield, and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, the album equaled their highest-charting Canadian release, debuting at No. 2.