Simple Plan Biography

The punk pop craze continued to sweep across US shopping malls and MTV during the early twenty-first century, owing to the emergence of acts such as Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based Simple Plan. Following in the footsteps of fellow Canadians Sum 41, Simple Plan’s roots lay in an earlier group, Reset, which included vocalist Pierre Bouvier (9 May 1980) and drummer Chuck Comeau (b. Charles-Andre Comeau, 17 September 1979), back in the mid-90s (when both were only 13 years old). Despite touring with MxPx, Ten Foot Pole, and Face To Face (as well as issuing a 1997 debut, No Worries), both Bouvier and Comeau left the band so they could finish their education. It was not long before their desire to play music returned, resulting in the formation of Simple Plan soon afterwards. Rounding out the line-up were guitarists Jeff Stinco (b. Jean-François Stinco, 22 August 1978) and Sébastien Lefebvre (b. Gaétan-Jean Sébastien Lefebvre Pepin, 5 June 1981), as well as former Reset bass player, David Desrosiers (b. 29 August 1980).

After building a following by playing alongside headline acts on the 2001 edition of the Vans Warped Tour, the quintet signed a recording contract with the Atlantic Records subsidiary Lava. In 2002 their debut, No Pads, No Helmets … Just Balls, was released, which featured guest appearances by Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden. The album reached the US Top 40 and ended up going double platinum. Their second major label release, Still Not Getting Any... , built on their momentum of their debut by reaching the US Top 5 in 2004.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.