Comeback Kid Interview
This interview was made in Paris the 20th of November 2005.
Manu and I have met Andrew (Guitar).
Can you tell me about this new tour ?
We're on tour now with Bane and FC Five and we've been all around Europe and UK, we're wrapping it up now 'cause this is our third last show so it's gonna be sad to leave and to leave all the rest of the bands but it's been an awesome tour, it's been the biggest and best Comeback Kid tour in Europe so far so we're really excited.

What do you think of the public here?
It's been great, I mean, it is our third year here in a row, we came last year and the year before and every time it just get better and better, and the crowd has just been amazing, they've really been responsive to what we're doing and the shows have been crazy so, this is great!

About "Wake the dead", How is it different from "Turn it Around"?
Are you satisfied of the result?

It's a progression of Comeback Kid, like on the first records those are the first songs that we ever wrote as a band and wake the dead they're a little bit more of punk rock influence maybe, because we're writing a lot of verse and melodies that were really melodic, stuff that that we kinda grew up listening to like Propagandy, Good Riddance, but we never really had a conscious effort to write a certain type of record, we just had ideas and what came out is what came out. I think it's a little bit of a darker record, while turn it around is really positive, there's energy on both records and a message of hope on both records but wake the dead has more darker lyrics and darker themes, when Scott and I were both writing the lyrics we had a lot of things going on in our lives that we kinda wanted to get out with our lyrics. We're happy with how it came out, we're really excited.

For this new album, you are on Victory Records, what is the most change between Victory and Facedown Records ?
It's just like a whole different thing, like for wake the dead being on Victory which I guess is one of the biggest independent label out there, and it's a big business, there's like 50 people working there, at Facedown there were 3 or 4 people! And With Victory we had the opportunity to have our records distributed more worldwide and get in stores like here in Paris or places where it probably wasn't in stores before, where people maybe had to order our records or buy them in distros or something like that. Victory is also very good with promotion and at getting the band's names out there, I think there's good and bad when you have to move to a bigger label, when you're trying to choose a bigger label you have to be more careful 'cause they don't always look at the band's best interests but so far we've been pretty lucky, we've been treated very well so right now it's ok!

Your lyrics on the last two albums are full of social and political sense: do you think that it's necessary to make people aware of all of these problems? Is it a "mission" today through Comeback Kids?
I don't think that Comeback Kid is a really political band at all, we don't really have many political senses in our lyrics.
But we still talk about some issues, like on the lyrics of false idols falls, what is the message?
I think that we talk about things that are relevant in our lives, things that are going on in our lives, like on False Idols Falls for example, it's about how kids, and people in general, put other people on a pedestal, how they look up to them, see them as heroes or people they have to take as heroes, or people that they think they should take directions from, whether it's people in bands, or artists of any kind, politicians, anywhere where people are in the public's eyes maybe and we just feel like it's wrong to look at those people as heroes or take anything they say at heart because they're human too and we make mistakes and they make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, and too many times people are idolized and I don't think that it's something people should do, I think they should live their own lives, take inspiration from other people but not idolize people or make heroes from other people and expect them to be what you want them to be 'cause people will never be what you want them to be.

So what influence do you wish you could have on kids that listen to your music?
We try to stay humble and grounded like when I'm at a hardcore show I'm just the same as everyone else there, We just try to be real and honest and show that we're not trying to create some sort of image, we're not trying to sell an image, we're not into the rockstar thing, we're just real people and we're really passionate about our music and hopefully people can get into our music and that's cool if they can!

You also play in Figure Four, Is it difficult to have members playing into few bands?
Figure Four isn't so much of an active band, for the last couple of years it's been very calm, I'm not saying that Figure Four has broken up, but I'm really uncertain about the future of Figure Four, so it hasn't really been that much of an issue. Before it was, when comeback kid first started touring, it was a comeback kid tour then a figure four tour then a comeback kid tour and I'd never go home, but now we don't really have this problem.

Do you feel closer to the punk or the hardcore scene ?
We're a hardcore band and we all came from the hardcore scene, I think there's all this different styles and we feel connected to the underground music scene, probably I would say that 95% of the time we're a hardcore band, we love hardcore, it's really important to us, it keeps us alive and maybe we can turn other kids into hardcore, but we don't really try to be in one certain kind of scene, we just try to do our thing!

About the Canadian hardcore scène, could you tell us about the Winnipeg scène? How it is?
It's one of those things that are kinda hard to generalise, a lot of people ask me this question, in the states you can ask about the US scene where California is really different from New York City or Florida, for the Canada it's kind of the same, Winnipeg is very different from Toronto and Montreal or Vancouver, We live in a pretty small city that's kind of in the middle of nowhere so a lot of our scene is about the local bands and there's a lot of local shows and kids support that and then when touring bands come too it's kind of a special thing, I guess it's happening a bit more often now, a lot of bands come touring in Canada but we still rely on local talents and there's a lot of mixed up shows with punk bands and hardcore bands and metal bands and emo bands or whatever, I think that it's pretty cool to mix all this, it makes people come to the shows. For the rest of Canada I think it's different from city to city, Toronto is an awesome place to play, and Canada in general is really awesome.

Just a personal question out of curiosity, are you a straight edge band?
No, we have one member who's straight edge, the one who's sleeping actually, maybe he's passed out!!

We know that music is part of your life, let us know the other parts, what is your other hobbies, passion?
I don't know!! (laughs) I like music a lot so it's kinda hard to think of anything else sometimes!! I like to think about a lot of different stuff, like social history, honestly I don't really have that many huge passions in my life! I like spending time with my friends, I like, reading up on things that I'm interested in, but basically I spend most of my time with music and spending time with the people I love.

If you 've something to say at the young generation ?
Stay real, stay honest and don't try to be something that you're not.

Pivot's Questionnary :

What is your favourite word? Boner (whispered by Zach from Bane) (laughs)
What is your least favourite word?
I never think about those things!! Words that I can't pronounce!!
What turns you on creatively? What inspires me is like, doing these kind of tours, meeting kids that are really passionate about what we're doing and music in general, and today we were going Paris and seeing all these things, we went to the Louvre an seeing all those paintings and just all those beautiful things, I don't know it's just really inspiring to see hard work put into arts. Also spending time with my friends and family is really inspiring to me, watching people loving one another.
What is your favourite curse word? I would have to say fuck!
What sound or noise do you love? A pretty girl's voice whispering in my ear!
What sound or noise do you hate? A stinky old man whispering in my ear!
What is your favourite place on earth? I think maybe it would be Brazil
And the one you hate? I don't know, I'm sure that I've been to a place where I said "I hate it here" but I can't really think of anything right now
Which persons influenced you the most during your life?
I would have to say maybe my parents, they're beautiful people and they're really compassionate towards others and it's just amazing to watch them, the way they live their lives and how selfless they are, my mother is very selfless and very giving and that really inspires me, she never really expects anything in return, I wish that I could be like that.
Who were your heroes when you were a kid? I don't know, I liked Mr T (laughs) but I don't think I had specific heroes that I looked up too. "All my heroes are dead" remember! (quote from False Idols Falls)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? No Music involved at all?
No! I used to work with mentally challenged adults and I would just do activities with them and I like doing that and I haven't done that in a few years so I'm hoping to work with music but I might continue doing that when I'm not touring anymore.
What profession would you not like to do?
I think there are some really really bad jobs like cleaning toilets, I had a receiving job at a grocery store once and I had to wake up at like 3 in the morning and I really hated it, I would never wanna go back there! I'm sure there worst job out there though!
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Hell Yeah it's party! (laughs)

Thank you!

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