Six hours before our scheduled interview, Chuck Comeau just welcomed his first born son London. We expected the phone interview to be postponed to a later date. But the 35-year-old Simple Plan drummer was a true rock star and gentleman.
Despite having spent the last 49 hours in the hospital, he kept his promise and went on with the interview. He did admit to feeling a little bit dazed and tired.
“I thought it (the delivery process) would be a lot quicker. It’s been crazy and fantastic at the same time. Best day of my life!” he shared, saying that the birth of his son will inspire a new track on Simple Plan’s upcoming fifth studio album.
“I would definitely want to write one more song for the record and use this as an inspiration. I mean, it’s a game changer! It’s a life-changing event.”
Fans have been waiting a long time for new material from Simple Plan – its last album, Get Your Heart On, was released in 2011. The band has not gone completely off the radar as it has continued touring and focusing on raising funds for the Simple Plan foundation. Fans could also keep track of the band’s new album progress via its YouTube channel. One hilarious video revealed that Comeau and lead guitarist Jeff Stinco blaming vocalist Pierre Bouvier’s obsession with the harmonica as one of the many reasons why they have yet to finish recording the new album.
“It has also been difficult because it has taken a long time. We wrote like over 70 songs for the album. We still want to write more songs! But we’re almost done. We’re 95% there. This feels like the best record we ever made,” Comeau explained.
The upcoming album already has a lead single, the upbeat pop rock number Saturday. Comeau explained that the band just wanted fans to listen to something that has a fun element.
“That song just felt right. You have the impression that it’s a party song. But if you listen to it closely, then it’s really a song about wanting to spend more time with someone you care about. It’s cool because you didn’t expect that.”
Saturday even name drops popular video streaming service Netflix in the lyrics.
“You know what, it’s funny because that’s what people do. You either go out and party to have fun. Or you’d just stay home and watch Netflix. It’s a cool little wink at some of the modern things people do these days.”
Perhaps it’s a sign that the pop punk band synonymous with songs about angst, rebellion and living in the moment is all grown up now.
Formed in 1999, Comeau explained that the band’s name came from the “simple plan” of doing music and never having to resort to working at a fast food restaurant.
They were young and fresh out of high school then. “We’d get into a basement, practise really hard, write songs and go on the road. It’s just going to work. We assumed that people are going to come to our show and we’re going to get signed by a big label,” Comeau recalled, though he added that is wasn’t that simple in the end.
“It’s all hard work. When you were a young aspiring musician, it sounded really simple but there is a lot more to it. There’s timing, and so many other factors.”
The band has maintained the same original lineup for the last 15 years and it’s something that Comeau is really proud of.
“A big part of me is defined by the fact that I play with Simple Plan. I wake up in the morning and that’s the first thing I think about. Whether it’s writing a new song, thinking about album artwork, concept for a music video or interacting with fans, I’m obsessed with it. It’s my life.”
Comeau was stumped when we asked him if there is an existing Simple Plan song that he would like to dedicate to his son. He said he was not prepared for that question.
“We have a lot of songs about being angry at our parents so I don’t want that (laughs). There’s a new song on this upcoming album I think it would be perfect for my son. It’s kind of like a love song. It’s called Boom,” he concluded.
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