Winnipeg, MB-based, born, and bred hardcore/punk heroes, Comeback Kid, released their rip-roaring new album, Die Knowing, on March 4th via Distort/Victory Records to rave reviews. Featuring twelve new songs including the new single “Should Know Better” (which you can hear below), the band is now in full-on promo mode! Fortunately we managed to secure some time with guitarist Jeremy Hiebert and chat in brief about some of his key gear.
What one piece of gear do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Hiebert: I am a Gibson guy so I stick with those in the studio. I have two Les Pauls, a ’76 custom and a more recent Standard and several SG Standards. I don’t play the Les Pauls live as they are too heavy for me to jump around with but they are my go-tos in the studio for sure. Especially my more recently acquired ’76 Les Paul Custom.
What about it makes it so important to you?
Hiebert: I don’t know if it’s habit or indoctrination from a younger age, but they are just really solid guitars that are easy to rely on cause you know what you are going to get out of them.
How do you recreate your album (guitar/vocal/bass) tones in your live set?
Hiebert: Well as a guitar player I want to use a tone in the studio that will be similar to what I do live. I’m not a fan of creating some sort of tone that is way different from what I’ll be doing live regardless of how “cool” it sounds. I prefer to have an honest sounding record that can be duplicated live rather than some fake ass sounding tone.
What are the major pros and cons?
Hiebert: I guess some of the cons with that is that to some degree you may be limiting your creativity, but the obvious pro is that when you hear the songs live after listening to the record forever it won’t sound empty. A band like us should never run tracks live.
Give us your best “gear goes wrong” story.
Hiebert: My best gear goes wrong story is more of a story of how stage diving goes wrong haha. We love stage dives. Don’t get me wrong. But this one time I was playing with an instrument cable since my wireless wasn’t working, I had my rectifier on top of a full stack and some kid hooked on to the cable as he ran behind me to dive and the whole tower came crashing down. These things happen though so I took it in stride, but it sucked haha.
Check out the song “Should Know Better”