Waiting months and months and months for Simple Plan to release their first single off of their upcoming 5th album had to be the most torturous experience any longtime fan has had to go through. When I got the tweet saying they finally released their new single I may or may not have gotten really excited and jumped two feet into the air (while almost kicking my friend in the face). For a band that’s been around as long as Simple Plan has, I wasn’t really expecting “Saturday” to be one way or another way because they’ve gone through many phases in their career. Luckily, they chose the fun, upbeat, and relatively relatable route that we’ve all grown to love.
“Saturday” is quite literally about how it doesn’t matter what you do or where you go just as long as you are with the person you love. Is it cheesy and unoriginal? Maybe. But then again, Simple Plan is no stranger to sappy love songs (i.e: “Summer Paradise,” “I’d do Anything,” even their cover of “Happy Together”). However, “Saturday” paints a more mature relationship than some of their past tracks of the same subject matter – one that comes with a band that’s been around for over a decade.
In a way, “Saturday” can be seen as a transitionary track for Simple Plan as they are well past their spunky teens and more like that kooky uncle who still tries to be cool. Beginning lines “we can go get drunk,staying up all night/singing “Don’t Stop Believing” til the morning light/we can line up shots til it all goes bad/and we’re passed out and puking in a taxi cab” as well as additional lines “we’ll stop on every bar on the boulevard/til we max out the limits on my credit card” portray that puppy love, ‘let’s-go-out-and-do-stuff’ mentality that most people have trouble getting past. Verses such as “we don’t have to go, we can stay right here” and “this is gonna be a night so epic…you and me baby, nothing but Netflix” are strong indicators that the relationship is building past that honeymoon stage where the couple is perfectly fine with staying in on a Saturday night instead of partying the night away. Bridge lines “if we ever get bored, if we get restless…we can get dressed up, let’s get epic” is that ideal relationship that a majority of us probably long for – one that doesn’t have the pressure to prove the strength of the relationship on a public scale.
If you’re a long time fan of Simple Plan, this pseudo shift isn’t really that surprising considering frontman Pierre Bouvier is married with children and the other members’ love lives are kept on the extreme DL. They don’t stray away from that upbeat instrumentation we’ve grown accustomed to over the timespan of 4 albums (minus 2008’s dark self-titled endeavor), which is impressive for a band so internationally known. We got a taste of a more mature side of the band in their Get Your Heart On – The Second Coming, so it’ll be interesting to see what the rest of #SPAlbum5 will hold for inquiring ears.
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