Reset – No Worries, No Limits

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No Worries,No Limits - Union 2112 Records

Where We Stand sounds nothing like Ocean Avenue, but it’s still YellowcardCheshire Cat sounds nothing like Enema Of The State, but it’s still Blink-182. It’s nice to look at the back catalogue of a band and see how they evolved, how they become the band they are today and where they originally came from. After all, you can’t understand where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been; and that’s why I was excited to throw in No Worries No Limits, an album featuring the two out-of-print releases by Reset.Who are Reset you ask? Well, Reset is the first band of Pierre, Chuck and Dave from Montreal’sSimple Plan and this is what they were before they broke out into the mainstream.

First off, put aside all your misconceptions and pre-conceived notions about Simple Plan. Whether you love them or hate them, No Worries No Limits is very similar to Where We Stand or Cheshire Cat in the way that it sounds very, very different when compared with the band’s more recent outputs. There’s no denying that No Worries No Limits is laced with that pop-punk tinge that made Simple Plan so popular, but that catchy, poppy melody is layered low in the mix of Reset. Instead, this album is much rawer as it focuses on the more simplistic street-pop-punk approach. It is quicker, snotty and not nearly as polished, and really it’s an album that’s almost on par with Dude Ranch – and any pop-punk fan from the mid-nineties will tell you that that was a great release. Hell, I used to think Why was done by the Dude Ranch era Blink-182, but now, it was Reset all along but that doesn’t mean that Why wouldn’t fit into the album with the giant balls on the cover instead of the barcode, because it would fit in there perfectly.

The biggest thing about this album is how much the slightly lower budgeting can effect the sound. It is not nearly as polished or as smooth as Simple Plan‘s later output, but instead all the instruments have a rougher feel to them. They all have a certain tinge that make them seem like they would fit perfectly in a grimy underground club. Although, while the cheaper sounding instruments give No Worries No Limits a more down to earth feel, it is Pierre’s vocals that really sell this album for me. His vocals aren’t nearly as strong, which in a way makes them a bit stronger. They aren’t annoyingly polished and never become grating like some of his later work does. They are rawer, snottier, and more in your face and remind me instinctively of a young Tom DeLonge.

While I do really enjoy Simple Plan‘s later works, I’m glad I was able to get a hold of this re-release material too. It sounds remarkably different from the band we all know now. There are some songs that show the inklings of Simple Plan (T.K.O, Pollution, and My Dream And I being some of them) and one even sounds like 1208 re-born (Planet Earth), but when it comes down to it and you put aside any preconceived notions, No Worries No Limits is just a solid, mid-nineties pop-punk release.