In a very interesting new article posted by Le Journal de Montreal that also posted this awesome picture of Simple Plan from a 2011 photoshoot that can be seen on the left (and in its original size in the gallery), Sebastien discusses the band's current success with their latest single “Summer Paradise” and also talks more about a couple other topics.
For instance, it is mentioned in the interview that the band may release their fifth album either in late 2013 or early 2014. But let's be more realistic, it will most probably be in late 2014. As Sebastien mentioned in the interview, the band doesn't want to be pressured by any deadlines: “There is no deadline. We will write during all 2013. We would like to release it as soon as possible, but we need time to write it. The band also might like to take some time to rest before working on the new record. And I think we will need that, believe me!”
Another very interesting topic that has been mentioned in the article was the way Simple Plan choose where to play next. The band already knows that by the end of this year (counting new places in South America and probably also Europe), it will reach 50 countries that they have visited in their career. Yet the band is still aware of some limitations they have when it comes to countries they can visit: mostly it always depends on how their records sell in that particular country and/or how well their songs are doing on the local radios. For example Greece is mentioned in the article as a country that prefers techno over pop-rock, making it hard for a band like Simple Plan to go play a show there, because naturally the tickets would not sell. “There are places where we never sold a single record, where we just do not sell at all. There are countries that we visited for the first time and we do not know if we'll ever come back,” admits Sebastien.
So here is a clue for all of you: if you want Simple Plan to come to your country, make sure to call the radio stations, get the records, make other people listen to it too and just spread the word. That's how you can help the most.