When the time came to move from behind the drums in The Demon Beat to the front of the stage with a guitar in Rozwell Kid, Hudkins said the experience was completely different from writing and rehearsing songs like he had in his dorm room at Shepherd.
"It was weird at first. It definitely gave me a lot more respect for what Adam had been doing night after night and town after town and just seeing him toss off any inhibitions and go after it," Hudkins said.
With two full-length albums, an EP and a couple of tours already under his belt, Hudkins seems to be adapting just fine. Rozwell Kid's latest release highlights not only Hudkins' infectiously catchy pop sensibilities but also his quirky wit on songs like "Van Man" and the title track "Unmacho."
As for Riggleman, he, too, had already been working on his own set of songs under the moniker Bishops before The Demon Beat decided to split. His releases include July 2012's self-titled full-length and two EPs, with a second album on the way. Songs like "I Wanna Marry Rock and Roll" from the March 2013 "Feel Alive" EP are fundamentally anthemic and seemingly impossible to argue with.
"I always wanted a full band behind it but I just never had the time or the resources," said Riggleman of Bishops. He began writing and playing out solo before The Demon Beat was established.
The project began taking shape as Riggleman began recording with Paul Cogle before recruiting Cogle full time. He said the experience of fronting his own band isn't necessarily more challenging, but it lends itself to a level of vulnerability he wasn't subjected to in The Demon Beat.
"It's definitely more revealing when it's my songs instead of playing bass on songs that someone else wrote," said Riggleman. "There's not that barrier of playing with someone else. This is a representation of me."
Riggleman, who handled booking duties for The Demon Beat, said building Bishops wasn't entirely a from-the-ground-up endeavor, but said typical challenges still present themselves.
"I definitely can't call up every place The Demon Beat earned contacts through and instantly get a gig," he said.
"That being said, there are some places where maybe Bishops had played a show there while The Demon Beat was still around. It's like starting over but with more resources," he added.
Given their musical history together, Hudkins, Riggleman and Meisterhans continue to collaborate, each using the others' talents for recording and at shows when the need or chance presents itself.
Friday's show presents a musical reunion for the three of them, as Hudkins will join Bishops as a fill in on drums. Meisterhans, who lent a hand with guitar duties on 'Unmacho' will plug in for Rozwell Kid.