Despite both bands emerging at the same time, playing a similar style of music and coming from neighbouring Canadian provinces, there’s been very little in the way of collaboration between pop-punk heroes Simple Plan and Sum 41 throughout their 20-plus-year careers. That’s all changed now, though, as Simple Plan have unveiled their new single Ruin My Life, which features a terrific vocal turn from Deryck Whibley.
Here, the vocalists of both bands chat to Kerrang! about their new song, and their thoughts on pop-punk’s current mainstream success…
How did the idea for a collaboration come about?
Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan, vocals): “We wrote Ruin My Life almost two years ago. It’s always fun for us to have feature spots on our songs, and we started thinking about who we wanted to have on [our next album] and who our fans would like to hear. Ourselves and Sum 41 grew up just a few hours away from each other in Canada, our first albums came out around the same time and it’s felt like we’ve been on parallel paths our entire careers. But with that being said, we’d never really toured together, despite the similarities and me always seeing fans at our shows with Sum 41 shirts. So we had the idea, thought about a song which we thought would suit Deryck’s voice, and then we reached out with Ruin My Life.”
Deryck Whibley (Sum 41, vocals/guitar): “Pierre asked me if I’d be interested in singing on Ruin My Life, and my answer was, ‘Yeah – let me hear it!’ We made a couple of slight changes to the song after I got involved, just so it’d fit my voice better, but it was a pretty seamless process altogether. Right away, I knew it was a good, catchy song, so it was largely a case of me turning the microphone on, hitting ‘record’ and singing my part!”
Pierre: “I’m so happy Deryck is on the track. His voice sounds great, and it was really awesome to connect with the Sum 41 guys in this way. I’m really excited at the prospect of us spending more time together and collaborating on different things.”