Simple Plan Shares New Single ‘Wake Me Up (When This Nightmare’s Over)’ Raising Money For Ukraine
by Brendan M. Allen
In light of the recent crisis in Ukraine, multi-million selling and streaming rock band Simple Plan is offering support to the people of Ukraine with their new single Wake Me Up (When This Nightmare’s Over). The new music video was directed by Ukrainian filmmaker Jensen Noen and was filmed with a Ukrainian cast and crew. VFX and post-production work were also performed by Ukrainian artists. Jensen Noen also directed the band’s recently released clips for their singles The Antidote and Ruin My Life.
“When we saw the first images from the war in Ukraine, we felt so heartbroken and powerless,” says Simple Plan. “The impact on young children and families felt especially devastating and made us want to do something to help.
“The idea to do this video was sparked by discussions with our good friend and director Jensen Noen. We could feel just how important and personal the events in Ukraine were for him and from there, the concept for the video emerged.”
“Since the war started, I’ve gone through a range of emotions. From depression to rage, to an overwhelming sense of helplessness,” adds director Jensen Noen. “I can’t describe what it’s been like to watch my home country being torn to shreds. It’s people being raped and killed, innocent children and civilians dying every day. Many of my family and friends have already been affected by the war. I’m so grateful to Simple Plan for giving me an opportunity to tell the story of what’s going on in my country. To be able to help raise awareness and money for this cause means the world to me. It feels so good to be doing something instead of just sitting around feeling helpless. To use my art to help tell the story of my people. And the fact that I got to work with a mainly Ukrainian cast and crew, made this whole experience even more special. I’m grateful to Simple Plan and all of our incredible cast and crew that donated their time to this cause.”
Listen to “Wake Me Up (When This Nightmare’s Over)” here and check out the video below.
“It was very special to see all these talented Ukrainians actors, actresses and crew members come together for this cause and create such a moving and emotional music video,” says Simple Plan. “We always believed in the power of music and we hope this video can have a positive impact and raise as much money as possible for the people of Ukraine.”
With this new video, the band hopes to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the war in Ukraine. All money generated by Youtube views will go directly to Ukrainian relief efforts, through the UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Appeal. In addition, the group is pledging to donate a portion of the proceeds through The Simple Plan Foundation, from tickets sold throughout the current tour.
The group is collaborating with Ukrainian organizations – Canada-Ukraine Foundation, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) – to help amplify the video and its fundraising efforts for Ukraine.
“Wake Me Up (When This Nightmare’s Over)” comes from Simple Plan’s new album Harder Than It Looks, set to be released on May 6th, 2022. Pre-orders for the album, which features previous singles “The Antidote,” “Ruin My Life,” and “Congratulations,” are available now at https://orcd.co/harderthanitlooks.
Fans can look forward to hearing new music live this spring as Simple Plan hits the road for the Blame Canada Tour with Sum 41. The first leg kicks off on April 29th and will feature support from Set It Off. The second leg featuring Magnolia Park starts on July 29th. For a full list of dates, please see below or visit www.officialsimpleplan.com.