This week one of the biggest names in modern hardcore, Comeback Kid will return down under for a massive Australian tour bringing Santa Cruz hardcore band Drain to Australia for the very first time. Drain recently signed to iconic record label Epitaph Records and will have a new album sometime in 2023. Comeback Kid released their seventh studio LP Heavy Steps earlier this year via Nuclear Blast to critical acclaim with Kerrang giving the album 4/5 and saying “Heavy Steps sounds like lyrically it’s carrying a mix of existential score settling, cries for help and pleas for solidarity”
In the true spirit of hardcore there will be no barriers at any of the shows. This sets the scene for crowd participation to be at an all time high ensuring that this will be one of the craziest hardcore tours of 2023.
For a special band V band episode of the Everblack Podcast, JD from Bare Bones spoke to Comeback Kid front man Andrew Neufeld about their upcoming Australian tour, latest album ‘Heavy Steps’ and more.
Watch/listen to the interview here:
Australia, we’re excited to be returning to your shores in January! 3 years after our New Year’s 2020 Aussie shows we finally have the opportunity to come overseas and bring one of HC’s most exciting bands, DRAIN with us for their first time ever down under! I’ve been assured that barricades won’t be in play and we are expecting to pop off ’23 with a bang and usher in a new year for the Australian punk and hardcore scene. See you all soon! ” Andrew Neufeld – Comeback Kid
SUMMER AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2023
WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
Thu 19 Jan 2023: The Brightside, Brisbane 18+
Fri 20 Jan 2023: Newcastle Hotel, Newcastle 18+
Sat 21 Jan 2023: Crowbar, Sydney 18+
Sun 22 Jan 2023: Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith 18+
Tue 24 Jan 2023: UC Hub, Canberra 18+
Wed 25 Jan 2023: Colonial Hotel, Melbourne 18+
Fri 27 Jan 2023: Jive Bar, Adelaide 18+
Sat 28 Jan 2023: Amplifier Bar, Perth 18+
Tour Pre-Sale: Tuesday 22 November @ 5pm local time
Tour On-Sale: Thursday 24 November @ 10am local time
Materialising in 2013, Sydney’s Bare Bones wasted no time in taking their sweaty, visceral and feisty sound to the masses, quickly carving out their own path in the Australian music landscape.
Taking the DIY recording and producing approach on their first two EP’s ‘Villains’ and ‘Cut Throat Living’ paid dividends, seeing Bare Bones land marquee support set slots with Black Label Society, Northlane, Every Time I Die and Cancer Bats within their first three years. Moreover, Bare Bones were selected to play main stage at the final ever Soundwave Festival in Sydney, and UNIFY Heavy Music Gathering.
Fast forward to 2017, and the band signs a deal with iconic Australian heavy music label Resist Records (Parkway Drive, Mindsnare, Gaslight Anthem) and release their first full length record, ‘Bad Habits’.
A fierce album by anyone’s standards, Rolling Stone Magazine hailed it as “a hit record of the genre”. The album stamped the bands authority on the Aussie heavy music scene, and was supported by a date-heavy tour schedule with bands such as Stone Sour, Rise Against, The Bronx and Prophets of Rage.
With a new guitarist in the ranks and working alongside talented producer Stevie Knight and renowned mix engineer James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Paramore, 36 Crazyfists), Bare Bones hit the studio once again to record their sophomore album ‘Rival Minds’. Released in November 2019, the album saw the band take their raucous sound to all new levels, seamlessly blending heavy metal, hardcore, punk and hard rock into an all out assault on the senses. The albums touring cycle was cut short due to the arrival of the Covid pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped the band from knuckling down to work on new material in the downtime.
Bare Bones are currently in the studio recording a new EP, with the release slated to see the light of day mid 2023.
Bare Bones will be appearing at The Other Festival on January 28th with Cog, The Stranger, Osaka Punch, Mass Sky Raid and More.