J.B: This is Comeback Kid’s sixth studio album following up from “Die Knowing” And you have been a key founder and have been around since the concept of it all, how do you feel this released turned out?
JEREMY: I would think the best way to say it is I’m stoked on how it all came together because I’m one of those eternal... I don’t want to say pessimist but I’m always a little scared of the outset? Lol I feel confident in those issues though. You know it’s with trepidation that we move forward now that we have the finished product in our hands now we are confident to go out and tell people you know “Where stoked on this one! This one is awesome!” I’m confident of this album there’s a few twist and turns that might catch people but for the most part people know what Comeback kid is and we carry on what the last record was and don’t repeat it.
J.B: Ya this release is a totally different direction than “Die Knowing” but still has those Comeback Kid elements. This one was different though you had everyone collaborate on this one?
Jeremy: Ya it was a little different so we always kind of written songs in that same kind of way, earlier on it was Andrew and I coming up with ideas and then bringing it up to the group and jamming it out. This time Stu helped out with the writing on tis record so it was Andrew Stu and myself doing all the early concept idea stuff and getting it on file to give to everyone else who adds and since we all live in different cities we could set up a week or two aside in different chunks throughout the last year and get together and jam it out with everybody. This one is different it’s not always a fun process but that’s how you get the diamond right it just doesn’t happen over nights?
J.B: Do you find it easier that way to write and track stuff ahead of time like on tour and stuff with Protool rigs and Digi design, is it easier working in that format and then coming into the studio with everyone that way?
JEREMY: Ah you mean like the writing aspect of it?
J.B: Ya the creative writing approach of it?
JEREMY: I don’t know about the guys I can’t speak for them but I can’t write on tour I can’t focus the same as I can while at home without anyone bothering me so I need my own space where no one will hear me trying out different things and I just have this weird thing about that. Sometimes though there are rift ideas and things I do come up while on tour and I have to record them on my phone but I rarely elaborate on them until I’m home.
J.B: Do you feel that the advancement of technology in the application of off the floor recording ability and production that it has changed the overall feel of the scene?
JEREMY: As far as recording at home absolutely there’s so many different tracks and you can download stuff and things for people like me that makes it easier to be able to still get things down. It really simplified getting ideas across like back in the day in the nineties when I couldn’t afford a four track, you have this part and you’re trying to explain to the other guy how it’s played or how to play it or whatever. Now you can just program the drums this that and whatever and it’s so much easier to get the spirit of the idea across. It’s not like everyone is going to play exactly what you‘ve played but your conveying this idea. People come up with their own takes though where it be drum rolls or fills and how fast it’s going to be played.
J.B: Is there a certain creative writing process when it comes to writing lyrical content?
Jeremy: That’s a hard one we don’t have a set game plan on writing it’s not like oh its record writing time. When we write it just kind of comes to the table as idea’s and it’s kind of done song by song that way and on this release theirs quite a variety of topics on it but it all kind of comes together. In m y opinion we will have everything from short and fast hardcore songs to some more melodic skatepunk metal kind of parts or songs, if you heard in the demo stages would be different than the studio. We do listen to the demos in contrast to the albums studio take and try to bring those two together to make the album what it is. I think the benefit of that approach is it keeps the listener more engaged and more interested. It’s not like every classic hardcore song tuned to low E and every song a minute and a half this time there’s thirteen tracks on “Outsider”.
J.B: The song “Hell of a Scene” Has that really fast tempo to downbeat rhythm that’s melodic kind of sound?
JEREMY: Ya when I brought that one to the table I thought it was going to be the first to be axed off the album, but everyone was interested to see where it would go so we put some tweaks in there and it’s defiantly one of the more different directions for “Comeback Kid”. We hoped it wouldn’t be too far off the grid for us but ya it was fun to record.
J.B: You also have “Absolute” which has the legendary metal prog master Devin Townsend on it did he influence the albums time signatures and breakdowns at all?
JEREMY: Devin didn’t really come into the picture until we were in the studio and we had it all recorded and Andrew was working on the vocals and in the build ups he was saying he was almost channeling Devon there. And then were like well why we don’t see if he can add some tracks to this. And we can totally see some “Strapping Young Lad” on there and we just needed that extra to put it over the top.
J.B: “Consume the Vision” has that kind of indie intro feel to it also, and it has that guy from Toronto on it that Cresswell guy is everywhere.
JEREMY: Ya that’s another one I thought was going to get axed and then Chris helped out on it and really made that song unique. Although we really reworked and played with that one a couple of times just to get it right.
J.B: Then of course a little different you guys are on the iconic metal label Nuclear Blast Records and is it also on New Damage Records?
JEREMY: Ya it’s on New Damage Records here in Canada and we’ve always liked the idea of being on a label that knows who we are and our home territory not that Nuclear Blast wouldn’t of figured it out but ya for a variety of reasons we thought it would be best to do it that way. And not to mention Nuclear Blast though is also worldwide so it also covers everywhere. It’s going to be different we were with victory over the last four records and it’s going to be interesting you know because we had some interest from some other labels and we just wanted to explore that. Just the bands profile and you know Europe has been at a different level than the States and maybe even Canada when it comes to the Hardcore scene and scene in general and we decided a German label wouldn’t be the worst in the world and our booking agent had always booked us since the early 2000’s and we always thought that was an avenue we should explore, and so we’re stoked to be on Nuclear Blast Records.
J.B: Of course you have been wrapping up on the European tour a little teaser of what’s to come on the fall tour after the release how was Hellfest Festival?
JEREMY: Hellfest was sick! Just the grounds themselves are fun to hang out there it’s like hot as shit but definitely fun. It was so great hanging backstage and it was so dirty you almost didn’t want the circle pit because you’re grinding your teeth with dirt lol. No but it’s really cool and the lineup is cool, Aersosmith headlined the show after the night we played and everybody from Kreator to everyone.
J.B: talking about tour the fall tour for “Outsider” is going to be with New York Hardcore legends “Burn”?
JEREMY: Ya I guess after a couple of years they are coming back out and our tour manager was like hey check this out! Are we’re like ya sure our friends from “Bane” went on tour with them and really liked it and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.
J.B: We always end with a quote or a famous book that inspired your life anything come to mind?
JEREMY: Ya I was thinking of that for quite some time because I’m always thinking and thinking of things happening in the world I just can’t get things out of my head sometimes. And for me critical thinking or one of the most important tools that people need which is lacking a lot of area’s is and I’m a recent father and so it’s been around for a year and a half. I don’t quite remember how this quote goes but it’s something to the effect of “If you could teach anybody what would you teach them”? The answer was not to teach people what to think but how to think, if there’s anything I can do for my son is that because that is most important for me because I don’t want to bring him up in way you know where he’s steered in this direction or that direction but I want to give him the tools to make smart rational decisions where he can reason with people and reason the situation.
Canada's finest hardcore/punk outfit, COMEBACK KID, have released a first track by track video in which the band shares insight on the first half of songs of their highly anticipated new album, "Outsider". The video also features short audio excerpts of each song. Watch it here: http://nblast.de/ComebackKidTBT
This weekend the band set off for their first of many Canadian dates, playing DesBouleaux Festival in QC on Saturday. Then in a little under a month Comeback Kid start their national Canadian tour, co-headlining with Counterparts and Stray From The Path, in support of “Outsider”. Tickets are still available for these dates (and more) so head on over to THIS location to purchase today!