Interview By Dustin Griffin
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With a well received, hard hitting new album, a new music video and big tours in North America and Europe, Comeback Kid are sitting pretty. As one of Canadian hardcore’s biggest exports, incessant touring and six full length albums have helped the Winnipeg five piece amass a worldwide following in its fourteen year run. We caught up with vocalist Andrew Neufeld in Kelowna, BC to talk about the band’s history and the events surrounding their new record, Die Knowing.
So the new record’s out and everyone seems pretty stoked on it. I know for a band there can be pressure to just do a ‘hits list’ when you play every night. How do you keep the enthusiasm up for the older stuff, like “All In A Year” which you’ve been playing for over ten years, as the newer, fresher songs?
Andrew: Yeah we definitely do a hits list every night. But I think the fact that we do that keeps the enthusiasm up. A live show feeds so much from the reaction of the crowd. So we know that “All In A Year” is going to be a banger every set, I’ve never been sick of playing that song. And “All In A Year” is actually a song that kind of encompassed what Comeback Kid was in the beginning. It has the fast parts, the sing alongs, a little melody and then a hard breakdown at the end of it. So it summed up everything that we wanted this band to be. And then we spread out from there.
Is there a moment when you’re writing songs for a new record, where you come up with something that just kind of blows your top off and you get really excited about? And on the other side of that coin, are there songs that don’t come out sounding the way you hoped they would?
Andrew: There is, and then sometimes you get to the recording process and you kind of second guess it in a way. You write these songs and have an idea of how you want them to sound and they sound good to you, but until you actually get it down in a recording, you just hope that it comes out how you want it to come out. So usually that feeling comes when you get the mixes back and you’re like, ‘f*ck yeah. That’s what I was trying to do.’
Do you ever test your new stuff out on the road before you get it down in the studio?
Andrew: Not really. A lot of the songs are sung for the first time in the studio. A lot of them, I’ll jot the lyrics down the day before. Which can kind of give the band a disadvantage, because you don’t get the time to see how the song’s going to play out live. I mean there’s a spark that happens when you bang the lyrics out on the spot, but then there’s a higher level of quality you sometimes get when you give yourself time to try things out and flesh them out beforehand, take things out and put things in. But for the most part when we’re writing, the first time I sing it is when it’s going on the record.
Do you ever write with a specific theme or an idea of what you want to say in mind?
Andrew: It’s funny with lyrics, I don’t know how other people write lyrics, but I usually have a pattern first and then I write words to that pattern. And sometimes that’s how I figure out what the song’s about, when it’s done. And surprisingly enough, I mean I don’t consider myself a writer, but it actually ends up ringing true to my life when I come back to it.
I love the music video for “Should Know Better.” The insanity of it. Was it as fun to make as it looked?
Andrew: Oh yeah. My friends have this motorcycle shop in Winnipeg. I go there all the time when I’m in town and they’re always breaking sh*t. Sometimes it’s pretty phenomenal, how much ruckus they cause to their own place. But then they just clean it up after. It’s one of the only places I know of that’s that destructive and it’s no big deal. So we had this big, elaborate video concept for a song and then it wasn’t really going to work out. We just didn’t have the time to do it. So I just asked if we could do it at the shop and that’s what it was. It was a Saturday afternoon and we bought two or three hundred dollars worth of cheap beer for everyone and people just brought TV’s and toilets and all these other things to break. And then the guys let everyone go crazy. One guy almost got his head chopped off just like, from people being reckless.
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