On Saturday night, Alana Rolfe stands alone on the stage of the Aggie Theater with violin poised. In a red dress and matching lipstick, Rolfeâ€™s classy attire marks an important night for her.
As she begins a beautiful violin solo, the large audience quiets down.
Slowly, one-by-one, the rest of the band files out onto the stage. There is an extra member for tonightâ€™s show, making this quartet now a quintet.
As the intro fades and front man Chris Anderson snatches up his guitar and steps up the microphone, the crowd hoots and claps with excitement.
Fierce Bad Rabbitâ€™s release show for their sophomore album â€œSpools of Threadâ€ has begun.
The CD release show was presented by KCSU, Colorado Stateâ€™s student-run radio station.
â€œBy presenting shows in Fort Collins, not only do we help support our station but we also support the great artists that allow us to do so,â€ said Adelaide Mccomb, Promotions director of KCSU. â€œWe will be presenting shows every Friday at the Ramskeller, and other venues around Fort Collins.â€
Formed in 2009, this local band consists of four major Colorado musicians. Drummer Adam Pitner and violinist Rolfe are current members of Stella Luce, another predominant Fort Collins act.
â€œOne definitely starts to take precedence over the other,â€ said Rolfe about balancing her time between the two bands. â€œStella Luce was the main band a year ago, and isnâ€™t anymore.â€
With two albums released in less than two years, Fierce Bad Rabbit has become her main priority.
â€œI begged and pleaded, and offered riches and millions, and Iâ€™m still offering it,â€ said Anderson, who contacted his fellow band mates to form the quartet.
Their first album was made-up of songs Anderson wrote himself while in the band the Jimi Austin, but their sound changed as they grew as a group.
â€œOnce we started playing live, we started getting a cool response that fueled all of us to do more,â€ said Anderson.
â€œWe kind of have our s**t together. Weâ€™ve all worked really hard in years past â€¦ and we all kind of knew where we made mistakes, so you know, letâ€™s not do that again. We are all a lot smarter now,â€ said Dayton Hicks, bassist of Fierce Bad Rabbit and former member of Arliss Nancy.
Their new album Spools of Thread is the result of this growth as a group
â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s anything off of â€œSpools of Threadâ€ that wasnâ€™t written in the last year,â€ Anderson said.
â€œWe all had different inspirations for â€˜Spools,â€™â€ Hicks said.
â€œThere is kind of a theme of frustration and love, and believing and dealing with the challenges of believing in love, and pursing it,â€ Anderson said. â€œItâ€™s not like these are love songs about a certain person or a certain thing. Itâ€™s really our love together as music and our belief in us wanting to do that, and share it with everyone.â€
There are many things about their new album that makes them proud; one simply being that itâ€™s done.
â€œWe completed it, and the fact that six months ago we said we were going to make an album and we did,â€ Anderson said. â€œWe didnâ€™t know how we were going to pay for it, but we didnâ€™t let that stop us.â€
With hopes for a record label, Fierce Bad Rabbit understands how important their fans are to make that happen.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot of people that have really gotten behind us and embraced us to help us get us to where weâ€™ve gotten, and hopefully that gathering of people behind us just gets bigger, Hicks said. â€œWeâ€™d just like to thank all those people, because we wouldnâ€™t be anywhere without them.â€
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