Renegade Kid brings show to Crumbs

Natalie Jarvis

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Seth Anderson–‘The Renegade Kid”– is heading out on his fourth cross-country tour. It will be his first time flying solo – but that won’t faze him. The Hartland native has a love for adventure. He’ll be braving stages across the country armed with his guitar and upbeat personality. He’ll stop at Crumbs Cafe on Oct. 26, along with Marco Rocca of Hope, to play what he describes as “truth inspired folk music blended with punk infused storytelling.”

When asked about his favourite part of touring he said with a laugh “I guess not working my normal job, obviously.”

When he isn’t busy playing, writing and recording, he lays hardwood floors to make ends meet. It’s not all glamour for young aspiring musicians. Anderson has been pursuing music as a career for the past four years of his life.

He finds himself writing primarily about struggle – the hardships faced by himself and the people surrounding him.

“I kind of like telling that story and like finding the beauty in it, because I think struggle is something everybody goes through.”

Anderson reflected on a really tough time in his life: when he finished university. He had grown out of old dreams of pursuing hockey, and came to recognize music as his first love. Afraid to jump into a serious job, but not knowing where to turn, he found himself at a crossroads.

This sounds all too familiar for many– hitting that wall in life when school is over, and it’s time to become part of “the real world.”

“I felt like I was going nowhere,” he said. He never wanted what he calls “that normal life” and wasn’t about to settle for less than being happy.

Anderson grew up listening to the radio.

“My parents weren’t – I mean they wouldn’t just put on a record, like I wasn’t listening to Led Zeppelin and that kind of stuff growing up like a lot of people but I kind of just developed an ear for melody and that’s kind of what I enjoy…”

He has an appreciation for subculture – the dark and edgy. He often finds himself swaying toward punk-rock and gutsy country tunes. As a young kid, he idolized 90’s punk band Face to Face. He says his taste in music hasn’t shifted much over time.

“It’s funny – my CD collection for 10 years was the exact same.”

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