Name : Simple Plan
Profession : Pop-punk band
Simple Plan is a pop-punk band that formed in 1999 in
Quebec, Canada (all five members were born in and grew up in the province).
The band has released two albums: No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
(2002) and Still Not Getting Any (2004).
Simple Plan came about in stages that began with the founding of the
band Reset in 1994, a Canadian punk band, by high-school friends Pierre
Bouvier, Charles-Andre (Chuck) Comeau and Adrien White at the age of
thirteen. Reset toured around Canada with bands such as MxPx, Ten Foot
Pole, and Face to Face, but only managed to gain modest popularity.
The debut album was released in 1997. Comeau soon left to go to college,
but two years later he hooked up with Jean-Francois (Jeff) Stinco and
SÃ©bastien Lefebvre, and again started making music. It was coincidence
that brought Comeau and Bouvier back together at a Sugar Ray concert
in late 1999, and Bouvier soon left Reset and joined his old friends.
David Desrosiers replaced Bouvier in Reset, but when asked to join the
foursome, he too left the band and joined the four friends. When asked
on where their name originates from, one band member has stated "we
didn't like complicated situations, we wanted something simple," thus,
the name and band Simple Plan was born. However, band members have given
various responses on this point, including a liking for the movie A
Simple Plan; that the band was their simple plan to avoid getting a
"real" job; and that the name was only intended to be temporary, but
they never thought of anything better. The band tours intensively, and
in the period March 2005-March 2006, will cover all six inhabited continents,
plus Japan and New Zealand. It has announced plans for a third original
CD, to be released in the fall of 2006.
Role Model Clothing, the label that Bouvier and Comeau are often seen
sporting, was actually formed before Simple Plan by Comeau, Bouvier,
and their friend Patrick Langlois, who is now responsible for merchandising
and distribution via the web, as well as being videographer for the
band. Langlois and Lefebvre also have their own side project, a label
called Man of the Hour, which is just starting out.