When I first heard this band’s music, I was floored at the sheer talent these guys showcased, and now these South Florida natives Rescue Kid are set to release their EP Re-Ignite March 25th, a re-vamp of their previously released EP Ignite. MEB got the chance to shoot the boys of Rescue Kid some questions about the upcoming release and what is in store for their music.
MEB: What is the motivation behind essentially re-releasing Ignite through the Re-Ignite EP?
The motivation behind the re-release is to give these songs a proper release with sufficient promotion. We released Ignite a few months ago, and just kind of put it out there. Now we have management and a publicist that can really help us get our music out there, and the songs from Ignite are special songs to us, so before recording and releasing another record, we wanted to give these songs a fair chance. No one knew about the band when we put Ignite out, so there’s still SO many people that need to hear these songs!
MEB: Can you give us a description about each of the new tracks on the EP?
Each new track is really cool. We wanted to take some of our favorite tracks from Ignite, make an acoustic version of it, that was close enough to the original full-band version, but unique enough to stand on its own and give the listener a fresh new perspective on the track. The brand new track Beneath the “Li(e)lac Tree” is a self-recorded/self-produced track that we recorded in our warehouse, and mixed in Mike’s [Gentile, guitarist/vocalist] bedroom. Super cool and dynamic track, with TONS of energy, and some of Armando’s [Soler, lead vocalist] best work lyrically. It’s a pretty infectious tune.
“Make You Mine” (acoustic) is rad because of how different the dynamic is. It’s slowed down and super chill, and is reminiscent of the full band version but different enough to almost sound like a completely brand new song. Really happy with how it turned out, and Jordan [Witzigreuter] from The Ready Set did some guest vocals on it, which came out great. “Secrets” (acoustic) is super stripped down. “Secrets” full band is very guitar driven, but also very melodic, so to translate that acoustically we stripped it down to just guitars and a single vocal. You can really hear and feel the emotion behind the vocal and how well it works with the pretty but dark and melancholy open-tuned acoustics. “The Distance” (acoustic) came out really cool as well; it’s also another song that tugs at a listener’s heart strings. On top of the acoustics we added some flutes and string arrangements as well as some piano parts that add this suspenseful fresh vibe to the song, as well as some really cool vocal things that are different from the original full band version.
MEB: What was it like working with Jordan from The Ready Set for “Make You Mine”?
Jordan is a solid dude. It was really easy to work with him. We sent him the track, and what parts we wanted him to sing on, and he took the vocal melody and ran with it a bit. It came out super cool. Mike has known Jordan for a few years from touring together back in the day, so it was cool to work with him on this track. He did a killer job, and his vocals suit the song really well.
MEB: Is there anyone else you hope to one day collaborate with for a song?
Ahhh the “hope to one day collaborate with” list is almost bottomless. It would be really rad to get Patrick Stump on a track!!
MEB: Since you guys first started together, how do you all feel you have grown?
We’ve really just learned how to be a band. We’ve learned what each member can bring to the table, and we use that to our advantage. The band is a d.i.y. BAND in every sense of the word, not a one-man show. We all work together using each individual member’s strengths and what each member has to offer to be as productive as possible. There is SO MUCH that goes into being a band, so having five members who all have unique strengths that come together as a unit is really how we have grown.
MEB: How do you hope fans will react to the EP?
Well, like any artist, you hope that people can connect to it, and really relate. We do this band because we love it, and it is our passion, but we hope that people can connect with our music, make it their own, and have it help them – really make them feel something.
MEB: Pick a word to describe each of you.
Eddie – Positive
Mike – Anal
Armando – introverted
Nicky – jokester
Chris – attractive
MEB: Do you guys have any upcoming shows?
Yes, March 6th at the Culture room [and] April 6th at Propaganda.
MEB:After this EP release, what are your goals as a band next?
After the EP release our goal’s [to] promote and get our music into as many ears as possible. We want to be a household name, and be a full-time touring band.