Breakups aren't easy -- but sometimes they're for the better. That seems especially true since the abrupt disbanding (and subsequent hiatus) of Hey Monday
last year after West Palm-born-and-raised singer Cassadee Pope
decided to pursue a solo career, leaving the band's future uncertain.
Former bandmates and brothers -- guitarist Mike Gentile and bassist Chris Gentile -- are moving on for now, regrouped with a new project of their own, a rock act they've dubbed Rescue Kid
. For the past nine months, the fivesome of South Florida natives -- rounded out by guitarist Eddie Castineira, drummer Nicky Cedeno, and vocalist Armando Soler -- have been hard at work building a band from "the ground up," writing songs, practicing, and recording in Miami. So far, they've composed six songs featuring a sound they call "melodic rock."
"Our music might not be original [in genre], but we do have something that a lot of music lacks these days: honesty," Castineira recently told New Times. "The best thing about this band and the music is that it has substance. We write our own music, our own melodies. It was also important for us to have a real raw rock sound. Real guitars, real amps, real drums, real vocals."