For those who don’t know by now, Canadian Hardcore Punk band, Comeback Kid, will be gracing our shores early next year. We caught up with frontman, Andrew, to chat about the upcoming tour and still playing in a hardcore band at 37 years old…
Who is Comeback Kid?
Comeback Kid is just a bunch of guys that like playing this style of hardcore and touring the world. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, just write and play music that excites us.
What do you each of you guys do outside of the band?
Everybody has their own lives outside of the band, especially now that we have kind of scattered and don’t really live near each other anymore. Some have other bands and side projects, some have other jobs they work at and then, of course, there are other things like swimming, running, biking etc. that some of us love to do in our down time.
What’s behind the name “Comeback Kid”?
The name Comeback Kid was actually taken from a headline in the sports section of a newspaper. I’m not sure how popular ice hockey or the NHL is in South Africa but back in the day there was this super star named Mario Lemieux who had a serious back injury and it looked like he’d never play again. After some time he got better and was going to make a go of it in the NHL again so when he came back after looking like he was down and out, pretty much done as far as his playing career went, he was called “The Comeback Kid” by the press. We thought that made for a very inspiring title and thought that kind of suited the vibe of what we wanted to do as a band.
Who/what are your biggest influences and inspirations?
That has and will always change somewhat over the years but I think bands like Propagandhi, Sick of it All and Madball are all bands that have been around longer than us and are still going and relevant have done that for us. I think as a whole we’d agree that these are bands we drew inspiration from and still do, and not only that, but they still influence us musically as well.
Do you have any expectations coming to South Africa? What gave you the motivation to tour here?
We have been wanting to come to South Africa for some time now. It has been in the works twice before but could just never work out. We’ve heard about the growing scene out there and think it’s high time we get over there. Long overdue!
You guys have been playing hardcore for a LONG time now. What keeps you motivated and passionate about it?
We have been going at it for over a decade now and I think it’s just knowing that what we have done over the years has been appreciated by fans around the world that helps keep us going. It’s one thing to make music you love but it’s another when it can connect with people from all over the globe, so that really keeps us motivated to make more music and tour as much as we do.
What was the inspiration behind your skateboard deck? Do any of you guys skate?
A company reached out to us and as us if we’d like to do something with them and we were on board with that. Funny thing is none of us really skate anymore. I know some did when we were younger, but I never did. I just hope that doesn’t make me a bad hardcore kid haha.
What bands are you guys psyched on at the moment?
I think everyone in the band will give you different answers but some of the newer bands we’ve been psyched to play with are Incendiary, Backtrack, and Such Gold. I’m not going to lie, at the age of 37 I don’t seek out new bands like I did 20 years ago but I still can say that seeing a young hardcore band that is keeping it real and killing it still gets me stoked.
What goals do you have as a band?
As a band we don’t really have any hard goals in terms of record sales or charts and all that, but we just really want to put on the best show we can and connect with the fans in that 45 minute slot we have. I want to play the same way to a room of 5 stoked fans as I do to a room of 500.
CBK is releasing a new album next year. What can we expect to hear on it?
You can expect to hear the typical Comeback Kid evolution. Anyone that is familiar with our previous releases knows we never put out the same record twice. Rather, we just try to pick up where the last one left off and that will be the case with this one as well. If you’re lucky we may play a new one or two when we are down there, as you’ll be the first to hear that live.