B&E: Comeback Kid

Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Comeback Kid

Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts.

With its Victory debut, "Wake the Dead," Canadian act Comeback Kid may do just that.

The 11-track set comes and goes in a flurry of sound, with Scott Wade's busty vocals backed by drummer Kyle Profetta, guitarists Andrew Neufeld and Jeremy Hiebert and bassist Kevin Call.

In reviewing the album for Billboard, Todd Martens wrote that the group "masters a punk rock efficiency without sacrificing melody. The hardcore quartet hits all the genre's key points, with rapid rhythms, thrashing guitars and anthem-ready, us-versus-them choruses. Vocalist Wade forgoes range for consistency, keeping his yell at the same vein-straining level throughout."

The quintet forged a local following with dates around Winnipeg in 2002. The original line-up included bassist Cliff Heide, who was replaced by Call for "Wake the Dead." The band paid its touring dues for several months before releasing a six-song demo that caught the ear of Sun City, Calif.-based Facedown Records.

Recorded with producer John Paul Peters, Comeback Kid's full-length debut, "Turn It Around," scored the group continuous tour dates throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada with like-minded acts like Terror, Throwdown, Every Time I Die and Stretch Armstrong.

For its Victory bow, the up-and-coming group enlisted the expertise of a hardcore veteran, Bill Stevenson (Descendents/All, Black Flag) and Jason Livemore to record the set. "Wake the Dead" debuts this week at No. 16 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and No. 27 on the Top Independent Albums list.

Comeback Kid is on tour with Bane, With Honor and Silent Drive, playing small club dates through April 10.

Links:
Artist site: www.comeback-kid.com
Label site: www.victoryrecords.com