Simple Plan

Greenhouse Productions Presents:

Simple Plan

SET IT OFF, Patent Pending

Monday, August 28 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$30.50 - $35.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Simple Plan
Simple Plan
Hands up, who's sick of debating what is or isn't "punk"? If you're reading this, chances are you've already made up your mind about Simple Plan. But maybe it's time to forget what you know, because Simple Plan couldn't care less about people's opinions of them. Simple Plan have spent the last year channeling their energy, positivity and, yes, sometimes frustration, into their music. And no matter how you want to label their music, the 11 songs on the band's highley anticipated second album, Still Not Getting Any… proves that SP are not a punk band, a pop band, a rock band or whatever label you can come up with… they are just a great band… a band that strives to write great songs and put on a hell of a show!

Admittedly, a lot has happened since the Montreal, Canada band--vocalist Pierre Bouvier, drummer Chuck Comeau, bassist David Desrosiers and guitarists Sebastien Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco--released No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls… in the spring of 2002. Aside from selling a couple of million albums, the group have shared the stage with everyone from Rancid to Aerosmith; made appearances on the Vans Warped Tour for three years running (two as Headliners), and been nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards--not bad for five kids who used to tour in their parents' station wagon.

"Songs about cars and partying do nothing for me," explains Comeau. "I like songs where I listen and it makes me shiver." That said, you may want to don a parka while listening to Still Not Getting Any…, because it's packed with shiver-worthy moments: "Crazy," chronicles the insecurities each of us go through on a daily basis (yes, even if you're a rock star), while "Perfect World," struggles to make sense out of loss. However, for a while, it looked like these songs would never come together.

"For us songwriting is a craft we really have to work hard at," admits Comeau. After the band wrapped their first U.S. headlining tour with MxPx last February, Comeau and Bouvier spent three months in Vancouver writing every single day for the new album, throwing away more ideas than they came away with. "At first we had trouble coming up with stuff we loved, so we just kept writing and writing… never giving up. After months of doing this and pushing each other, it just came together," Bouvier explains. 'Perfect World' was one of the first good songs that we got, and from there the songs just started coming out of us like a waterfall."

When it came time to record, the band enlisted famed producer Bob Rock (the man behind some of Metallica's, Mötley Crüe's and Bon Jovi's biggest records). The vision behind Still Not Getting Any… was simple… the band would not restrict themselves to the punk genre, which ironically seems to have more rules than one can keep track of these days.

"I think on the first record we just wanted to write a pure pop-punk record, and on this one we didn't care--we just wanted to write good songs," explains Comeau. Bouvier has a fitting analogy for the band's approach: "As an artist, why limit yourself to just doing certain things?" he asks aloud. "It's like being a painter; do you decide to only use seven or eight colors, or blend the colors together and make the most beautiful painting possible. From the deeply personal story behind the album's lead single "Welcome To My Life" to the insanely exhilarating guitar solo on "Promise", this illustrates the band's approach to songwriting.

Granted, Still Not Getting Any… isn't going to be in the trip-hop section of any record store, but there are some surprises, be it the subtle but powerful interludes in "Shut Up", the cool and yet intricate drum loop on "Perfect World", the beautiful string section and touching lyrics you can hear on "Untitled", or the epic string arrangement on "One." "Thank You" recalls the early 90's melodic punk bands who influenced Comeau and Bouvier's old hardcore band, Reset.

The record is a bit different from the first one, but it's still us," Lefebvre is quick to point out. However, although Simple Plan are open to experimenting with the formula that made them famous, their biggest concern is not letting down their fans, because, that's who this album is for. "The connection between us and our fans is the most important thing we have," explains Desrosiers. "They'll ultimately be the ones who make or break our album, not some music critic who's already made his or her mind up about us," Stinco adds. "Without them, I would probably be working a nine-to-five job that I hate."

In the end, the band speak best though their lyrics, and during "Shut Up" when Bouvier sings, "Nothing you say today will ever bring me down," it's not calculated rebellion--it's the truth. So, whose side are you on?
SET IT OFF
SET IT OFF
Cody Carson vocals Dan Clermont guitar Maxx Danziger drums Zach DeWall guitar

Every day that you wake up, you have a choice. A choice of who you are, how you present yourself, and how you want to be remembered. And in the face of those daily choices – and ahead of the release of Upside Down – Set It Off has simply chosen to be more. More ambitious. More unified. More confident. More open-minded. More collaborative. And
above all, more authentic.

“We’ve gotten stronger. We really have. As a whole. As a unit. We feel more together. When you go through struggle and you make it through, your bond strengthens. That’s what Upside Down is about. That’s the theme of this album. Going through struggle, and instead of taking it as defeat or a sign to give up – turning it into a positive and moving forward,” declares Set It Off frontman Cody Carson. “We go through a lot every year, we’re in the music industry, that’s gonna happen. So we decided to band together, and just push forward.”

The Tampa, FL-based band released Upside Down, their third full-length, on October 7 via Equal Vision Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producers Brandon Paddock (Panic! At The Disco, Avril Lavigne, Pentatonix), Erik Ron (Saosin, Panic! At The Disco) and Mike Green (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low, Cassadee Pope). The release was noted as one of the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2016” by Alternative Press Magazine and follows the band’s sophomore album, Duality, which debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard Independent Chart, No. 81 on the Billboard Top Current Chart, and No. 86 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart; And the band’s debut full-length, Cinematics, that was released in September 2012, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard South Atlantic Heatseekers Regional Chart, No. 4 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart, No. 9 on Billboard Next Big Sound Chart, No. 38 Independent Chart, and even broke into the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 174. Set It Off formed in 2008 and is comprised of Cody Carson (vocals), Dan Clermont (guitar), Zach DeWall (guitar), and Maxx Danziger (drums).

Upside Down sonically takes a brighter sound than previous releases and offers the band’s most pop-driven anthems to date. Bold electronic elements guide loud, driving rock instrumentations with guitar riffs as catchy as the choruses and an overall feel-good, dance-worthy vibe throughout. On Upside Down, Set It Off commands attention and brings authenticity back to pop music in a bold and unapologetic way.
“I felt like a change was needed for Upside Down, so we decided to go back to our roots. Instead of focusing on what we think everyone else should hear from us or how they should perceive us, we went back to the roots of writing songs for the sake of wanting to write a good song. Opening our minds up to doing more co-writes and to collaborating more and just doing whatever it takes to chase that perfect song,” he shares. “And I feel like once we got out of our darker, more theatrical Cinematics era, writing became easier because we weren’t inside of a box. So with Duality, the first time we started making the transition [to our roots], we started to open our minds to what Set It Off could become if we just didn’t put any boundaries on ourselves and just wrote whatever came out of our minds and our hearts at that moment.”

“Writing Duality really showed me that a vibe is everything in writing. If I’m excited and I’m getting into it, then I’m going to write better melodies. If I’m feeling confident, I’m going to write better melodies and have better ideas. I’ve always heard that songwriting and producing is 99% confidence – and it’s so true. Brandon [Paddock] brought out a writing side of us and a confidence that we’ve never had. And I immediately became a better writer from that,” notes Carson. “Duality was our learning process of getting better and Upside Down is us – our system is on point now.”

Discussing the band’s hardships with people they’ve worked with, how they’ve coped with current events going on in the
world, and reflecting on past personal relationships of past and present, Upside Down covers a wide spectrum lyrically –
creating a dynamic and distinctly human experience. “I feel like it’s important to be honest, to be yourself. To me, I like how genuine the album is, I love the guys in my band because of the people they are and how real they are, and how
real we are with everyone else. That’s what I like with our connection with our fanbase too. And that’s what I want people
to take away from all of this…people just seeing us as people. That realness is what is most important to me.”