Comeback Kid (band)

Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid live at Reload Festival 2016
Background information
Origin Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Hardcore punk, melodic hardcore[1]
Years active 2000present
Labels Facedown, Victory, Smallman, Distort, Cargo
Associated acts Figure Four, Sights & Sounds, Lowtalker
Members Andrew Neufeld
Jeremy Hiebert
Stu Ross
Ron Friesen
Loren Legare
Past members Kyle Profeta
Scott Wade
Cliff Heide
Kevin Call
Casey Hjelmberg
Matthew Keil
Jesse Labovitz

Comeback Kid is a Canadian hardcore punk band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their name comes from a headline in a newspaper about hockey player Mario Lemieux coming back to the NHL.[2] The band was formed in 2000 by Andrew Neufeld and Jeremy Hiebert who were both members of the band Figure Four, which is currently on hiatus. They were joined by their friends Scott Wade and Kyle Profeta, but CBK was originally intended only to be a side project.[3] Their initial popularity was mainly due to word of mouth within the hardcore scene.


The band live in Münster in 2006

Upon releasing Turn It Around on Facedown Records in 2003, Comeback Kid began touring full-time, covering most of North America as well as Europe. They also appeared on many high-profile hardcore festivals like Hellfest and Posi Numbers festival. Following the touring for Turn it Around, Comeback Kid entered the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado to begin recording their sophomore full length.

In February 2005 Comeback Kid released "Wake the Dead," their first for Victory Records. After some long tours, vocalist Scott Wade left the band. Neufeld became the band's vocalist, and they began recording their third album "Broadcasting". The release of Broadcasting was followed by more steady touring, culminating with a summer long tour supporting Rise Against in North America, and their first appearance on the "Never Say Die" tour in Europe with Parkway Drive. By the end of 2007 the band was to take a short hiatus. At this time bass player Kevin Call left the band on good terms, issuing a statement regarding leaving Comeback Kid.

Call was replaced by Matt Keil who had played in Minneapolis area bands with Hjelmberg. Two more years of touring followed, with the band visiting South East Asia and Latin America for the first times.

In 2008 a CD/DVD was released called "Through The Noise" which is a line from the song "Industry Standards" off of "Broadcasting..." . The DVD is a documentary of the first 6 years of Comeback Kid. The CD is a live recording of a show in Leipzig, Germany filmed in fall 2007. A release tour in Canada followed, named the "Through the Noise Tour." It featured Bane, Misery Signals, Shai Hulud, Grave Maker, and Outbreak. While on this tour Gravemaker suffered a van accident with Neufeld in the vehicle, which inspired the song "G.M. Vincent and I" off 2010's "Symptoms and Cures."

After two years of international touring, the band spent much of 2010 writing and recording their fourth studio album, "Symptoms and Cures" which was released in Canada by Distort Entertainment and internationally by Victory Records. Two more installments of the "Through the Noise" tour followed in North America and Europe.

The band at Impericon Festival 2015

In early 2012 guitarist Casey Hjelmberg announced he would be leaving the band. Stu Ross of Misery Signals/Living with Lions will assume guitar duties.

Neufeld confirmed that the band is writing new material this moment, but the progress is quite delayed as the band has many touring plans at the moment. They're also planning a 10th Anniversary Show for the release of their first full-length record Turn It Around, with their former vocalist Scott Wade in 2013.[4]

On September 21, 2013, Comeback Kid stated on their Facebook page they would have started recording a new full-length album.[5] Die Knowing, the band's fifth studio album, was released on March 4, 2014, through Victory Records.

On May 13, 2014, drummer and founding member Kyle Profeta announced his departure from the band, to focus on his culinary skills in South Africa.[6]



  • Cliff Heide bass (2002–2003)
  • Scott Wade lead vocals (2002–2006)
  • Kyle Profeta drums (2002–2014)
  • Kevin Call bass (2003–2007)
  • Casey Hjelmberg rhythm guitar (2007–2012)[8]
  • Matt Keil bass, backing vocals (2008–2014)
  • Jesse Labovitz – drums (2014–2015)


Year Title Record label Chart peaks[9]
US 200 US Heat US Indie US Hard Rock
2002 Comeback Kid (EP) Self-released
2003 Turn It Around Facedown
2005 Wake the Dead Victory, Smallman 16 27
2007 Broadcasting... 129 3 10
2008 Through the Noise (live CD/DVD)
2010 Symptoms + Cures Victory, Distort 22[10]
2014 Die Knowing 161 7 39 15


See also


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