When you hear hardcore music, such as that which Comeback Kid makes, it can be easy to assume that the members of the band are anti-sentimentalists dressed in black, but don’t let impressions fool you. After meeting with Andrew Neufeld, lead singer of Comeback Kid, I quickly realized that the band is made up of five sensitive guys. Having arrived early for my interview with Andrew, I was lucky enough to hear the band during their soundcheck and as soon as I heard him scream out loud, I understood why critics have been giving such good reviews to the band’s new album, “Symptoms and Cures.” Touring has become part of the members’ lifestyles – in fact, the band is fully booked until next spring – and they have brought three other bands with them on this tour. Here’s a summary of my time with Andrew, during which he explained that making hardcore music is the way in which he can best express himself …
Q: This is your fourth album and many reviewers have qualified it as the best so far, especially for the lyrics – How does that make you feel and was it hard to write the lyrics for this record?
A: We are stoked that people think it is the best. As for the lyrics, writing them is the hardest part for me.
Q: How is this album different from the previous ones?
A: This one has more of a punk/rock twist to it. The vocals are heavier, there is more life. This album can translate life, it’s more melodic.
Q: What was the main source of inspiration for this album?
A: Being on the road, in transit, always moving from one country to another. For the past few years, my life has constantly changed and moved. The relationships that I have and their ups and downs are also an important source of inspiration.
Yes, in fact, each member of the group is already part of another band. I am in another band called “Safe & Sound.”
Q: What has been your biggest challenge since stepping in as lead singer?
A: Being the one in charge of maintaining a good physical appearance to represent the band.
Q: Has all that hardcore singing ever given you any trouble with your vocal chords?
A: I’ve had some pretty rough clarence in the throat. After the first few shows, I tend to lose my voice.
Q: What do you listen to while touring?
A: Today I listened to the new “Terror” record. I’ve also been listening to “Azure” and “Debit Thompson.”
Q: What makes you happiest when performing?
A: People losing their minds to music and going crazy.
Q: What can fans expect from your shows?
A: The coolest and funniest show.
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