Since dropping their debut full-length, 2003's Turn It Around , COMEBACK KID has been an undeniable staple of the hardcore community. Each subsequent release has built upon the foundation of its predecessor while continually experimenting with and incorporating new musical elements from beyond the confines of modern hardcore.
Originally formed in 2000 by members of Winnipeg, Canada's underground music scene, COMEBACK KID has amassed a catalog of five full-length international releases along with two live albums. Says current vocalist Andrew Neufeld about the band's origins: "We wanted to keep the intensity from our other bands or those we looked up to at the time, but also took influence from '90s skate punk and more melodic acts."
He continues: "We wanted the music to be heavy, but the vocals were meant to incorporate a bit more melody than was found in traditional hardcore. Still, I don't think we knew how far we could go with it at the time." The band's sophomore effort, 2005's Wake The Dead , affirmed their position atop the heap of modern hardcore bands; however, when writing commenced for 2007's Broadcasting... , then-vocalist and founding member Scott Wade announced his departure from the group, finding Neufeld abandoning his axe to take over vocal duties. But Broadcasting... didn't miss a beat. With Neufeld more than capably filling Wade's shoes, they delivered a powerful record that was undeniably COMEBACK KID while incorporating further-developed musical ideas and a more colorful vocal performance.
Having delivered their pure and passionate brand of hardcore to fans around the world since 2002, COMEBACK KID released a live CD/DVD package dubbed Through The Noise in 2008. On top of accurately relaying the intensity and attitude of a COMEBACK KID performance through a 17-song set list comprised of favorites from the band's three previous releases, it also included an hour-long documentary entitled "Our Distance" that shared the band's story to date. The documentary allowed fans an inside look their tours, how they started and where they are going, testament to their desire to remain connected to their crowds. The band went on to dominate stages on several continents and worked on an array of other projects, music and otherwise, all while composing the fourth COMEBACK KID record, Symptoms + Cures, an offering that saw the band pushing their output to a new plateau. Released in 2010, the album was rooted in the brand of hardcore that its three predecessors helped established, yet incorporated more musical layers and vocal variance than ever.
"We really found our mesh with Andrew singing," said drummer Kyle Profeta about the effort. "Our last album was more of a 'feeler.' We were just getting in the mode of Andrew becoming our front man. With Symptoms + Cures, we've really found our sound with him and we're all really excited about it."
Upon delivering the new project to the masses, COMEBACK KID embarked on a world tour, hitting North America, Europe, Asia, and South America and sharing stages with acts like BAD RELIGION, DROPKICK MURPHYS, MADBALL, SICK OF IT ALL, FOUR YEAR STRONG, PARKWAY DRIVE, NOFX, and many more.
With their devout supporters behind them, COMEBACK KID played sold out shows all over the world, staying busy, performing at international festivals such as Groezrock, Amnesia Rockfest, Hellfest, Grasspop, Pukkelpop, Amnesia Rockfest, Deichbrand Festival, Dour Festival, Resurrection Fest, and hundreds of shows in between. Fans can be rest assured that the future will prove just as impressive, with the release of their last LP Die Knowing. It is nothing short of to a crowd pleaser.
Alternative Press comments, "Die Knowing succeeds where so many others fail: in conveying emotion, engaging the listener and creating an experience. " Hardly a "comeback", the guys of COMEBACK KID continue to remind us time and time again that they are here to stay.
2017 marks the year Comeback Kid release Outsider. Their most adventurous album to date is slated for a fall 2017 release.