In a recent interview, Simple Plan drummer and songwriter Chuck Comeau said the band's recent album, was a return to the "old school" sound that helped them burst upon Canada's music scene in 2002.
It's apparent that old-school attitude has translated to their live shows. The Montreal rockers delivered a performance Sunday night that focused less on the bells and whistles that are standard at most shows today and more on such old-fashioned staples like music and energy.
Playing before a crowd that lacked in numbers but, like the band, made up for it with their energy, Simple Plan rocked Spectra Place with an entertaining show Sunday as the headliner in a double bill that also included up and coming B.C. band Faber Drive.
Playing in support of their most recent release Get Your Heart On! Simple Plan reeled off a set list that included some of the highlights from the album as well as other hits.
After opening with Shut Up, lead singer Pierre Bouvier invited any fan sitting to join them on the arena floor which sent a number of people flooding over the Spectra Place boards.
They followed that up with everything from early hits such as Addicted to recent singles Jet Lag and Summer Paradise which reached the top 10 on Canadian charts. The band even tossed in a medley of cover tunes, putting their spin on hits such as Moves Like Jagger and Sexy and I know It.
The show even had a local flavour as a choir comprised of singers from three local singing groups joined the band onstage to provide backup during This Song Saved My Life.
To their credit, the quintet didn't let the small crowd deter them as they gave it their all over the course of the 90 minute show.
Much like Simple Plan, Faber Drive also delivered a high energy performance during their roughly 30 minutes on stage. Originally from Mission, B.C., Faber Drive was at their best when they stuck more to rock instead of the synthesizer driven sound that was featured on their second album Can't Keep a Secret.
Although no announcements have been made, it's expected the City of Estevan will be announcing a couple of new shows for Spectra Place in the coming weeks as they continue to work towards their goal of having one event a month at the one-year-old facility.