OBM: Your fitfth record, “Die Knowing” is due out pretty soon. How did you approach the writing process for "Die Knowing" Did you go into this record with any particular sound or approach in mind, or was it quite an organic thing?
Andrew: Anyways for this record, since we all live in different cities for the most part, a lot of the writing was done independently. I would write songs at home, and Jeremy our guitar player would write some songs on his own. From there, we would rehearse in between tours ( this time in California where our drummer Kyle lives ). We had a few sessions like that. Our new guitar player ( of the last couple years ) Stu contributed a little bit as well. We would bring the songs to Kyle and work out tempos, vibe, etc. Lyrics all came after wards right up until we were recording them at the studio. We knew we wanted to take a more simplistic approach. Maybe if you would call our last record "Symptoms + Cures" more a punk rock influenced hardcore record, I would say DIE KNOWING is more of a metallic hardcore record. There are a lot of throwback elements to some older HC we listened to and the songs for the most part are shorter and to the point. We really wanted to have some new fun songs to play live.
OBM: When you sit down to write, what is your ideal environment? Is it alone, away from everyone else, or is it in the van?
A. NOT in the van preferably. Riffs and song ideas come at such random times. Often at the weirdest times so its good to sing it into your phone recorder so you don't forget! From there go back to these ideas and write at home. I like writing with everyone else too, but generally as long as I can pace around and play guitar I'm good.
OBM: Coming back to the album theme of “Die Knowing”, do you feel like the album is going to be more self-reflective, or is it going to include different individuals own stories, and how “Die Knowing” affects them?
A. There are self reflective songs on DIE KNOWING but there are also songs with lyrics about some of my friends / family members. The title track is a reminder to carve my own path and really live life to its fullest. But there are other songs about some legal troubles a friend had, my mother's fight with cancer, among other topics.
OBM: How did you decide on the artwork for the new album?
A. We had an artist I really liked do the original cover but I couldn't get everyone on board with it between our label and the band. So Clint our A&R at Victory suggested we use a mutual old friend Dave Quiggle for the cover art. I had a long conversation about the album and some themes and let him do his thing! We scratched the original cover and used the current one,
OBM: How would you say your musical perspective has developed over the past few Comeback Kid albums? Is there anything you wish you could tell your old self that you’ve come to realize now?
A. Yeah maybe. I just think that I have written some songs better than others. Music is all about time and place. We had to write all of the songs we have written to get to where we are now with Comeback Kid. I think the songs already exist you just have to find them and execute them right. There are a few cringe worthy moments but those are just learning curves. Comes with the territory when doing a band for over 10 years.
OBM: If you had to pick a song that you identify with the most on the new record, what would it be?
A. I really like the opening track "Die Knowing" which isn't even really a full song, rather one riff that builds upon itself. But the feeling I get when I listen to it is quite special so I really like that. Can't wait to start playing it live.
OBM: Over the last twelve years, you've had a long, hard road coming up as an artist. Is there a particular person that in the music scene that's helped mentor you and show you the ropes?
A. No not really. I can be pessimistic and find faults in others. I have been inspired and influenced by a number of musicians but I can't think of one person that I would really say helped me come up in the scene in a "mentor" type of way,
OBM: What was your first introduction to music that made you think seriously about playing it?
A. I came from a musical family. Forced to play piano as a kid, until my parents got me a guitar when I was 13. That changed my life forever and that was all I wanted to do. Play music.
OBM: From a live perspective, what songs do you think people connect most with, and what are your favorites to play?
A. "False Idols Fall", "Wake The Dead", "Talk Is Cheap" are fun. "GM Vincent + I " means a lot to me so I like playing that a lot. "all in a year" is our first song so thats a fun one as well.
OBM: You've been doing music for so long, but if you weren't doing music, what would you like to be doing career-wise?
A. I'm going to have to cross that bridge next. Opportunities usually present themselves when they need to.I would love to own a bar/ venue some day. I have a few other business ideas but nothing concrete.
OBM: What bands have been impressing you recently, either live or on record?
A. We are on tour with Backtrack right now. Live they kill, and their new record "Lost In Life" is great. Incendiary are a really cool HC band out of NY as well. This DJ out of Toronto has been doing some cool re mixes lately called Sol X. I like the new Banks - "London" EP.
OBM: Do you have any final words for anybody reading this?
Thanks for the interview! We will be in Germany around the summer time for festivals. facebook.com/comeback.kid for more info!
Comeback Kid -
Comeback Kid - Die Knowing
Comeback Kid - Symptoms + Cures
Comeback Kid - Trough the Noise
Comeback Kid - Broadcast
Comeback Kid - Wake The Dead
Comeback Kid - Turn it Around
Andrew Neufeld - Gesang
Stu Ross - Gitarre
Jeremy Hiebert - Gitarre
Matt Keil - Bass
Kyle Profeta - Schlagzeug
"There are self reflective songs on DIE KNOWING but there are also songs with lyrics about some of my friends / family members. The title track is a reminder to carve my own path and really live life to its fullest. But there are other songs about some legal troubles a friend had, my mother's fight with cancer, among other topics."