With less than a week until the release of their highly anticipated new album, Simple Plan have returned with another new song from Taking One for the Team. On Sunday (Feb. 14), the Canadian group joined forces with Alternative Press to debut “Farewell.” “Farewell” features vocals from New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik and is one of the tracks the band had teased on Instagram last week.
“‘Farewell’ is one of the last songs we wrote and recorded for our new album ‘Taking One For The Team’ and definitely a favorite for us!” the band reveals in a statement to Alternative Press. “It combines a lot of classic, old-school, pop-punk vibes, with some more modern influences from all of the newer bands coming into the scene. We really love that post-chorus melody with the awesome guitar riff Jeff plays and the breakdown drum beat—it’s heavy but so catchy! One of the highlights of this album is having our good friend Jordan from New Found Glory make an appearance on this track. He sounds so good singing that second verse; the melody suits him perfectly, and it sounds rad and exciting when he comes in for his part. He really killed it, and we’re proud to have him sing with us. Lyrically, at first glance, this feels like a straight up, bittersweet breakup song, and in a way it is, but while we were writing it, we were also channeling a lot of different emotions and there’s a second hidden, deeper meaning to every line that relates to being in a band. We’ll let you guys figure that one out!”
“Farewell” is the latest song the band has released from their fifth studio album, Taking One for the Team. The new song will join previously released tracks “BOOM!,” “I Don’t Wanna Go to Bed,” “I Don’t Wanna Be Sad,” and “Opinion Overload.” Taking One for the Team is set to be released this upcoming Friday, Feb. 19. Pre-orders for the new album are still ongoing, so those who pre-order now will get instant downloads of all the singles including “Farewell.”