There is a reason why people are proud to be a Fort Collins local; we have some awesome stuff come out of this town.
Maybe itâ€™s because Iâ€™m already in weekend mode, but the thought of a cold Hoptober in my hand couldnâ€™t sound better.
Or maybe itâ€™s because Iâ€™ve spent the last few days listening to the new album from local band Fierce Bad Rabbit. If anything makes me proud to live in Fort Collins, itâ€™s these folks.
Formed by front man Chris Anderson in 2009, the band is a collaboration of artists from such Colorado acts as Stella Luce and Arliss Nancy. Together, these four musicians absolutely rock it on their sophomore album â€œSpools of Thread.â€
With 15 solid tracks, they arenâ€™t kidding around either. There is something important about a full-length LP that many local artists have forgotten about. â€œSpools of Threadâ€ reminds us of that.
According to the bandâ€™s website, fbrmusic.net, their influences include Arcade Fire, the Shins and Waylon Jennings. Add in a little Modest Mouse, the Killers and Airborne Toxic Event, and I canâ€™t think of a better way to explain their sound.
If you are familiar with the artists above, then you know this musical concoction is worth more than a listen.
But donâ€™t for a second think they sound like everyone else; they own their style in a way that is rare for such a fairly new group.
With their indie rock agenda, they start off with a quiet and wordless violin opening that moves into dancy folk tunes, a tinkley male and female piano duet, trumpet blares and guitar plucks.
The album concludes with the lyrics, â€œOne day we will stop and say, well everything was all ok.â€
For these four, that day is now.
Music reviewer Michael Elizabeth Sakas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.