Simple Plan have shared a new single “The Antidote” with fans today, serving as their first music in two years.

The emotional single marks a new era for the rock group, ahead of the 20th anniversary of their iconic debut album, No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls.

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With this song, vocalist Pierre Bouvier, drummer Chuck Comeau and guitarists Sebastien Lefebvre and Jeff Stinco have taken their unique alternative sound and given it a modern touch.

“‘The Antidote’ sounds like a throwback to our classic Simple Plan sound but with a modern twist,” the band say in a press release. “It has all the elements our fans have come to love and expect from our band: a big, energetic chorus and honest and heartfelt lyrics that deal with life and the struggles we all face.”

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The track was created during the COVID-19 pandemic and is about needing people in your life to get you through everything.

“We wrote and recorded the song before the pandemic hit, and in lots of ways, it has become even more relevant after everything that happened over the last 20 months,” the band continue. “A lot of people are going through some tough times right now, and the song talks about how important it is to have someone or something to turn to when life gets really hard. It can be a life partner, a friend, a family member, something you love to do and are really passionate about. It doesn’t really matter, and it can be anything.”

“For a lot of our fans and for us, it’s been music,” they say. “Its power to heal, comfort and be a lifeline has never been greater and more needed than now. We really hope this song will mean a lot to our fans and help them deal with the difficult moments we’re all facing.”

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You can check out “The Antidote” below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Simple Plan tour dates:

01/27 – Moncton, NM @ Avenir Centre
01/29 – Halifax, NS @ Scotiabank Centre
02/01 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
02/02 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
02/05 – Kingston, ON @ Leon’s Centre
02/06 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
02/08 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
02/09 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
02/11 – St. Catharines, ON @ Meridian Centre
02/14 – Winnipeg, MB @ Canada Life Centre
02/15 – Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
02/17 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
02/19 – Grande Prairie, AB @ Bonnetts Energy Centre
02/20 – Red Deer, AB @ Peavey Mart Centrium at Westerner Park
02/22 – Lethbridge, AB @ ENMAX Centre
02/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
02/27 – Prince George, BC @ Sandman Centre
02/28 – Kamloops, BC @ Sandman Centre
03/02 – Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre
03/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena