Simple Plan has been around the block a couple times, but even drummer Chuck Comeau was a little overwhelmed when the band attempted to film its latest music video in an airport.
“The whole video almost collapsed the night before,” the drummer revealed to “The Ralphie Radio Show” while on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. “It was crazy stressful but in the end we got something really great and the funny thing is, we couldn’t play really loud.”
When almost any music video is filmed, the song is played on set in the background so that the artists and sing and play along to it, as if they’re actually playing the track. If you’ve never been on a music video set before, lead singer Pierre Bouvier explained why the low volume mandate proved tricky during the shoot.
“The point is to get (the music) as loud as possible, so you feel like you’re actually playing it,” said the front man. “So you can feel the energy and you don’t feel all ridiculous moving around like you’re rocking out to a little boom box that’s about level two volume.”
Despite the music, the guys are happy with the final product. Simple Plan decided to film the piece for “Jet Lag,” a track from Get Your Heart On!, in Toronto Pearson International Airport. Thankfully for the pop-rockers, they were able to use a terminal closed to the public and under construction. Still, the band was subject to airport security, getting “frisked” anytime they entered or exited the terminal.
“But, it’s kind of obvious that it’s a hotel room, right?” Pierre asked. “The art department is going to get fired on that one!” he joked.
Comeau added that if you look closely, you can actually see the airport and airplanes out of Bedingfield’s window during the video. Bouvier quickly threw in that the fact would end up on “Pop Up Video,” and it was until that point that the band showed no signs of their first hit coming back in 2002.