As their show in Moose Jaw draws near, Simple Plan has been busy touring the country’s summer festival scene, playing at Parliament Hill on Canada Day and Bassfest in Sarnia, British Columbia this past weekend.
But the last few months have been busy for the pop-punk quintet with tours Vietnam, Europe and Australia.
“We sort of have been everywhere in the past few months,” said Sébastien Lefebvre, rhythm guitarist with the band. “A few of our crew guys are new and they figured out they’ve been to 37 new countries since this album came out.”
Their newest album, Get Your Heart On, debuted at number two when it was released in June 2011 on Canadian album charts, behind only Adele. And despite producing four albums in 13 years of the music business, the band is still finding new audiences.
“In this last run we went to Vietnam first which was very special,” said Lefebvre. “It’s crazy how far music can travel. We spend all this time writing and then recording an album, locking yourself in the studio. And then when it finally comes out, it just goes around the planet pretty much instantly. It’s just weird to go somewhere we’ve never been before for the first time and there are about 40,000 people who show up for it.“
Tours in Europe were heavily festival-based for the band, which taught them that there’s a big difference in a Canadian festival and it’s European counterpart.
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