“We are still very proud of everything Simple Plan has done over the past twenty years.”
We caught up with Simple Plan guitarist Sébastien Lefebvre in the middle of their UK tour with Bowling For Soup to reflect on the band’s twenty-year history and talk family life, rock and roll and album number six.
Proudly leading a scene defined by “teenage angst” and heartbreak, Canadian pop-punk titans Simple Plan have been captivating audiences with their infectious, genre-defining hits since the early 2000s. With 2002 album ‘No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls’ cementing the band’s place in rock history, the quintet have been on a whirlwind journey ever since, constantly redefining the mold for modern pop-punk.
With a career now spanning over two decades and an undeniable legacy following them wherever they go, Simple Plan are showing absolutely no signs of calling it a day, with a new album due to be released later in the year. Currently touring the UK with fellow pop-punk veterans Bowling For Soup, we sat down with the band’s guitarist, Sébastien Lefebvre to discuss everything from the band’s biggest hits to the lessons they’ve learnt from touring life…
You’re currently on tour in the UK with Bowling For Soup, a band who you first played shows over here with back in 2003. What is it like to be repeating history 17 years later?
Sébastien: It’s really good. Bowling For Soup are the type of band/friends that we always pick up right where we left off when we see them again. We love being in the UK. We’ve always had a great loyal rock fan base here and it’s really good to see everyone again.
If you could go back and speak to the 2003 version of you who came over on that tour, what would you say?
Sébastien: I would probably tell myself to try to come back to the UK even more!
Even with a career spanning over 20 years, it seems pretty impossible for Simple Plan to avoid playing the hits at each show. What keeps things fresh on stage every night?
Sébastien: Those songs are very important for the band and the fans. What keeps it fresh is seeing the faces in the crowd of people that came to the show to hear those specific songs. We are still very proud of everything Simple Plan has done over the past twenty years.
Having been in a touring band for so long, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned since you started playing shows?
Sébastien: There’s a lot of stuff that’s important live. We might do this everyday, but most of the crowd comes to see your band just this one time. So, no matter what you have going on, no matter whether you are having a shit day or if you are tired or have jet-lag – you have to give it your all. Every night on stage, it has to be all about the show, but you can’t take yourself too seriously. It’s rock and roll, and everyone is here to have a good time.
Being on the road so much, how do you ensure that you’re keeping the balance between touring and family life?
Sébastien: Now that we all have families, we just try to make touring more efficient. We go out hard, and when I’m home, I’m a full time dad.
You’re currently working on album six, which has been highly anticipated for some time now. How is it coming along?
Sébastien: The album is almost done… I think. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it!
Aside from music, you also run the Simple Plan Foundation. Can you tell us a little about that?
Sébastien: The Foundation is constantly growing and giving back. It’s a beautiful thing that is mostly run at this point by Chuck’s [Comeau, drums] parents, with all of us heavily involved as well. It’s our way to give back, and with some money from every ticket sale going straight to the foundation, our fans are also involved in a way. Check out SimplePlanFoundation.com for more details!
Simple Plan’s UK tour with Bowling For Soup is now drawing to a close, but don’t miss your chance to see the band playing hits from the last two decades at the remaining shows. Get your tickets here.
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