Catching Up With The Demon Beat


Autumn Vallandingham

Jordan Hudkins performs at the Huntington Music and Arts Festival.

In 2013 Shepherdstown, West Virginia indie rock trio The Demon Beat entered a hiatus. Since then, its members have been keeping busy with other musical projects.

Tucker Riggleman fronts the band Bishops and Jordan Hudkins leads the group Rozwell Kid. Both performed at this past Saturday’s Huntington Music and Arts Festival.

“In 6 or 7 months, we did three full U.S. tours,” Hudkins, Rozwell Kid’s guitarist and singer said. “It was a lot of touring.”

The tours were in support of the band’s third full length album “Too Shabby”, which was described by Noisey as a “Frankenstein’s monster of catchiness.” The video for the album’s lead single “Kangaroo Pocket” received a rave review from Pitchfork stating that “Their taste in pop-punk is reminiscent of when that genre began emerging from the skate park to conquer every mall in sight.”

“The heavy tour schedule has already generated positive results,” Hudkins said.

“Nobody really knew who we were and every time we come back to cities and the same spots, they bring out friends, their friends bring out friends and I feel like we’ve made a healthy bit of fans everywhere. It’s really cool to see more people come out, more people know the songs, and more people get excited about it. It’s a good feeling,” Hudkins said.

Rozwell Kid will be on the road from Halloween, leading to the holidays, doing separate tours with Andrew Jackson Jihad and The Get Up Kids to round out their 2015.

“The heavy tour schedule has already generated positive results.”

— Jordan Hudkins

“It’s The Get Up Kids 20th anniversary tour,” Hudkins said. “It should be a fun party. We’ll be in the van right up until Christmas.”

Hudkins’ The Demon Beat bandmate, Tucker Riggleman and his band Bishops have been working on their 3rd full-length album.

“We’re in the mixing and mastering stage right now,” Riggleman said. The not-yet-titled album was recorded in Morgantown by Brian Spragg, who builds handmade guitar pedals under the name Bookworm Effects.

The album is being mastered by David Klug, whose credits include Rozwell Kid and The Demon Beat.

“Right now the focus is to finish the record and then hit the road hard this winter, going into next year.”

The 3rd member of The Demon Beat, Adam L. Meisterhans, was unable to make it to the Huntington Music and Arts Festival, but has recently been working with JP Harris & The Tough Choices and William Matheny and the Strange Constellations in the recording studio.

Nathan can be contacted at [email protected].