Simple Plan – back to first base?

The Canadians’ newest releases hint at a return to their early work…

So the perennial chameleons of pop-punk, Simple Plan, are back. This time around, it seems they’ve come without a disguise, and that’s something I’m glad to see.

After charming music fans with their diet-blink opus of 2002, No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls, the Canadian outfit used their next two albums to blend in with the popular sounds of the time. Still Not Getting Any indulged the heartbreaking whimsy of the ’emo’ scene, and this in turn gave way to an upbeat, dance-rock dusting for Simple Plan.

Not that these are criticisms, mind. Beneath the sound mask we have a band with solid writing skills, and technically the band have improved with each release. It seems likely their next endeavour will see them unite their progress with the sound that saw them adorn various American teen flicks in the early ’00s.

With two new songs up on the band’s website – upcoming single “Jet Lag” (feat. Natasha Bedingfield) and anthem “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” (feat. Rivers Cuomo). Each of the tracks represent a different direction Simple Plan could take with their June album, titled Get Your Heart On! On the one hand, “Jet Lag” embraces the glorious duet between Pierre Bouvier and Bedingfield, and doubles this up with a well balanced sound to create a song that veers towards the pop genre, but is still distinctly SP.

On the other hand, “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” is a return to the golden age of modern pop-punk. Laced with radio-friendly guitar lines and bouncy vocal melodies, the song develops into a balanced but grand chorus. And they say time travel isn’t possible…

I can’t wait to hear the album in full once it has been released. In an age blessed with the rebirth of Blink-182, similar bands like Good Charlotte have already reverted back to an older style of music, and I hope SP have followed suit. Either way, on recent evidence, Get Your Heart On! promises to be a tasty listen…

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