Music’s “power to heal, comfort and be a lifeline has never been greater”, says the band

Alternative rock veterans Simple Plan are nearing the 20th anniversary of their iconic debut album, No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls, released in March 2002. But their desire to talk to people through music hasn’t lessened. The band is back with a new single ‘The Antidote’, their first music in two years.

The group, consisting on vocalist Pierre Bouvier, drummer Chuck Comeau and guitarists Sebastien Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco, says their fans will hear classic Simple Plan but with a modern twist in the new track.

“‘The Antidote’ sounds like a throwback to our classic Simple Plan sound but with a modern twist,” states their press release. “It has all the elements our fans have come to love and expect from our band: a big, energetic chorus and honest and heartfelt lyrics that deal with life and the struggles we all face.”

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Even though the track was recorded before COVID-19 pandemic, its message of needing people to turn to has become even more acute since:

“We wrote and recorded the song before the pandemic hit, and in lots of ways, it has become even more relevant after everything that happened over the last 20 months,” comment the members of Simple Plan.

“A lot of people are going through some tough times right now, and the song talks about how important it is to have someone or something to turn to when life gets really hard. It can be a life partner, a friend, a family member, something you love to do and are really passionate about. It doesn’t really matter, and it can be anything.”

“For a lot of our fans and for us, it’s been music,” the musicians say. “Its power to heal, comfort and be a lifeline has never been greater and more needed than now. We really hope this song will mean a lot to our fans and help them deal with the difficult moments we’re all facing.”

Check out ‘The Antidote’ below and tell us if you hear classic Simple Plan. Or is the band moving by leaps and bounce in the new direction? Share your thoughts on AlteRock Facebook and AlteRock Twitter!

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And check out the band’s upcoming winter tour dates below.

Simple Plan Winter 2020 Tour Dates:

01/27 – Moncton, NM @ Avenir Centre
01/29 – Halifax, NS @ Scotiabank Centre
02/01 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
02/02 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
02/05 – Kingston, ON @ Leon’s Centre
02/06 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
02/08 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
02/09 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
02/11 – St. Catharines, ON @ Meridian Centre
02/14 – Winnipeg, MB @ Canada Life Centre
02/15 – Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
02/17 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
02/19 – Grande Prairie, AB @ Bonnetts Energy Centre
02/20 – Red Deer, AB @ Peavey Mart Centrium at Westerner Park
02/22 – Lethbridge, AB @ ENMAX Centre
02/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
02/27 – Prince George, BC @ Sandman Centre
02/28 – Kamloops, BC @ Sandman Centre
03/02 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre
03/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena