Comeback Kid's fifth studio album, 'Die Knowing' came out earlier this year to rave reviews from fans and media alike. "Its been quite awesome.",Neufeld explained. "All the new songs we are playing live are getting pretty much equal or better reactions than a lot of the old songs and the album has only been out a few months. That is encouraging for us, because we really set out to make a collection of songs that we could add into our set list and really have fun with this time around."
As with all of the band's releases, 'Die Knowing' packs a huge punch and has all the qualities of an album that should translate live. I asked if this was their intention during the writing process. "100% I just wish we could add more songs into the live show. Though we try to keep our audience happy and play songs off all 5 of our albums, because music is a time and place type thing, and we realise a lot of show-goers seeing us play have had Comeback Kid in their lives at one particular time and some of our songs can bring back that moment or time in their lives. But yeah, with the new shit I definitely envisioned how the songs would go over live. Tried to keep the vocal patters a bit less wordy this time, and just stripped the music back a little bit more all around so that it would be a more enjoyable experience."
While Comeback Kid's music has maintained a constant quality throughout their career, one thing that seems to change regularly is their line-up. This doesn't phase Neufeld, however. "As a musician it gets refreshing and interesting playing with new musicians. Kyle, our original drummer, quit shortly after he recorded the drum tracks to the new album 'Die Knowing', so we were able to get Jesse from one of my favourite hardcore bands NO WARNING. He is such a sick player, pro, and can go with the flow in a very organic way. Ron is the best bass player we’ve ever had. And Stu Ross is a legend on and off stage so we are having a good time with it."
Even if you've caught a Comeback Kid show before, their frontman reckons this tour is the one to catch. "Expect the tightest Comeback Kid lineup you’ve ever seen. We have our heads pretty straight in our game right now and really stoked on the new material. Live shows have been bonkers lately so hopefully the crowd is as receptive Down Under. Really excited to watch Rotting out and Relentless as well on the tour."
Comeback Kid will be playing at the Adelaide Uni Bar on October 17th with Rotting Out and special guests. Grab your tickets now from Oztix.
Interview by Sofie Marsden