Comeback Kid have been ruling the hardcore scene for years. On the heels of their newest release, Symptoms and Cures, we caught up with Comeback Kid’s resident vegan, guitarist Jeremy Hiebert, for a quick Q&A sesh. Check it out then enter to win a copy of the new album!
Hey Jeremy, thanks for talking to us! How long have you been a vegan and what initially made you change your diet?
I have been a vegetarian since 2005 and went vegan in 2007. For me it was the combination of eating healthier and not wanting to be part of the killing machine that tortures, confines and ultimately takes animals lives to feed our addiction to consuming unfortunate mothers and fathers, sons and daughters of other species. I knew for some time that it was the right thing to do but it took me a long time to take the plunge. My only regret is not doing it sooner.
Are there other vegetarians or vegans in Comeback Kid? If not, how do your band-pals deal with your choice of living cruelty-free?
Our band is very open to all sorts of beliefs and lifestyles as we come from all walks of life so nobody is judging, and the non-vegans are very supportive of the choice that we’ve made for ourselves. The only other vegan in the band is our drummer Kyle who decided to go vegan last year.
Comeback Kid is one of the most powerful hardcore bands to date. Do you think hardcore music still has the ability to start different ways of thinking in young people’s minds?
I certainly do think hardcore bands can still influence people whether it’s to be positive or negative. I know just being involved in the punk and hardcore scene opened my eyes to different ways of looking at issues and certainly was a factor when I was considering changing my diet. We are certainly not a political band or take strong positions on issues but inside of the band there are individuals that are very passionate about what they believe and why they believe it. I get weirded out thinking that bands like us can be an influence on people but at the same time knowing and understanding that is something that I think musicians should take seriously. I think we need to do our best to set a positive example when we feel we have something worth fighting for or speaking up about even though we’re uncomfortable with the fact that people may look up to us just because we play in a band they happen to like.
How would a just World for all beings look like from your perspective?
A just world from my perspective would be humans fully understanding that they do not need flesh to survive. In this day and age it is so easy to be able to thrive on a vegan diet. I am well aware that there will always be resistance to this mindset but at the same time I am encouraged by seeing that this way of life is being embraced by more and more people, which will only make it easier and easier as our numbers increase.
Our summer-campaign, “Elephants Never Forget” focuses on the cruel life of animals in the circus. What’s your opinion about the circus?
I fully understand the fascination of watching animals do incredible stunts and whatnot but it’s a very sad process of getting an animal to that point. Behind the scenes are a lot of frightening and disgusting things that happen to these poor creatures that I’m sure just want to roam free in their natural habitats and live their lives without being strained mentally and physically as well as being poked and prodded and forced to do unnatural things for our amusement.
Thanks so much for talking to us! Last question, what would you tell people who still think that living vegan is an expensive and difficult way of life?
I would tell these people that I travel the world and can always find something to eat or snack on. Sometimes it can be a little difficult when you’re at an airport in the morning and want to find something nutritious when you’re in a hurry but for the most part it’s not nearly as bad a most people think. Being a vegan can be expensive but it can also be done on a budget. I love cooking and making food when I’m home and there’s no way I spend more money shopping as a vegan than when I was consuming animal products. That being said I also have no problem spending more on my diet than most people. I think the wisest investment people need to make first and foremost is what is going into their bodies as well as what they are feeding their children. A smart vegan diet will help you have the energy, strength and health to do everything else you want to do it life. Thank you for talking to me. I’m always more than happy to share my point of view with what I’m passionate about.
Thanks so much, Jeremy! What are some of your favorite budget friendly vegan snacks? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win one of three copies of the new Comeback Kid record! Comments must be received by September 7, 2010 and three winners will be chosen at random and notified on September 10.
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