WAIT, WHAT? Comeback Kid Drummer Leaves Band For New South African Venture

Kyle Profeta

Kyle Profeta is now the Cat Stevens of hardcore music. He’s announced that he is leaving Comeback Kid after 14 years in order to pursue a new chapter of his life.

At the end of May, Profeta will be heading down to South Africa to start a food truck business. We wish Kyle the best of luck, but after all, he’s already toured most of the world, so it may be time to settle down. He’s released a bunch of albums, a DVD, and can officially say he was a staple in the hardcore community. From my personal experience with Profeta, he’s a humble and kind person. We once spent quite some time trying to get into the band’s van as it was pouring rain in New York City. The keys were locked in the car and they were a long way from Canada.

The guys are bringing on Jesse Labovitz, who is on his second tour with the band.

Check out below the jump to read statements from the band and Profeta. You can check out their upcoming tour dates too and see if Labovitz is holding it down.

Kyle Profeta:

“To all of you who may not have heard. It saddens me to say I have officially left Comeback kid. I want to thank Jeremy Hiebert and Andrew Neufeld for their support and understanding behind my decision. In the words of Jer. “everything has an expiry date”… I felt that mine had come. I will never forget all the amazing places I got to see and all the amazing people I have met throughout the years. To thank everyone individually would mean about a 6 hour typing session. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.. Anyways, I am forever grateful for the last 12 years of my life. It has consisted of travelling around the world with my friends causing trouble everywhere we went. When I think back over the years I am flushed with this wild reality check that I/WE DID IT. I could not have made my dreams come true without Jeremy, Andrew andScott Wade (sorry endless bass players) There are just too many memories to even start naming them. Happy and sad. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I will deeply miss sharing tight spaces with you all… (that’s what she said) – Michael Scoon.

It’s now time for me to open a new chapter of my life…

I have decided to take my culinary skills down to South Africa! I plan to brand my product down there and open up some food trucks! Production begins.. well…. I fly down on May 27th!

So there you go.. Spread the word! Chops is on the rise and heading to South Africa! If your ever in Cape Town, look me up!”

Comeback Kid:

“It is time to finally say that our original drummer Kyle Profeta has left Comeback Kid. His last show was a few weeks ago in California. Kyle has been a significant and contributing member to our band since it’s inception. We wrote “All In A Year” in his bedroom back in 2000. An amazing friend and an incredible talented drummer. Thanks Kyle for the great times. See his statement we have shared below. Kyle we wish you all the best! Love you!

We would also like to welcome Jesse Labovitz to the fold. He is now on his second tour with us and is killing it. We are psyched to have him on board! We’re out on tour across Canada now and will be in Europe for some festivals and shows this summer. Hope to see some of you out!”


May 15 The Exchange – Regina, Canada
May 16 The Gateway – Calgary, Canada
May 17 Bonnie Doon – Edmonton, Canada
May 20 Cactus Jacks – Kamloops, Canada
May 21 LEVEL – Kelowna, Canada
May 22 The Vera Project – Seattle, WA
May 23 Astorino’s – Vancouver, Canada
Jun 21 Hellfest – Clisson, France
Jun 23 Le Fabrica De Chocolate Club – Vigo, Spain
Jun 24 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
Jun 25 Music Box – Lisbon, Portugal
Jun 26 Legacy Bar – Albufeira, Portugal
Jun 28 Mair1 – Montabaur, Germany
Jun 29 Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
Jul 01 Fibber Magees – Dublin, Ireland
Jul 02 Speakeasy – Belfast, United Kingdom
Jul 04 Sonisphere – Knebworth, United Kingdom
Jul 05 Vainstream – Munster, Germany
Jul 06 With Full Force – Roitzschjora, Germany
Jul 08 Club Fabrica – Bucharest, Romania
Jul 09 Mixtape 5 – Sofia, Bulgaria
Jul 10 Eightball Club – Thessaloniki, Greece
Jul 11 Seven Sins – Athens, Greece

Good luck and thanks for getting me into hardcore!

Derek Scancarelli

Derek Scancarelli is a feature writer, interviewer, videographer, photographer, radio-er and more. In 2015, he received his MA in Journalism in New York City. In addition to Under The Gun Review, Derek has worked with Noisey (VICE), Alternative Press, New Noise Magazine and many more. He also pushes some buttons at SiriusXM.

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