Oct 172010
Authors: Michael Elizabeth Sakas

On Saturday night, Alana Rolfe stands alone on the stage of the Aggie Theater with violin poised. In a red dress and matching lipstick, Rolfe’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 tonight’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 Rabbit’s release show for their sophomore album “Spools of Thread” has begun.

The CD release show was presented by KCSU, Colorado State’s student-run radio station.

“By 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,” said Adelaide Mccomb, Promotions director of KCSU. “We will be presenting shows every Friday at the Ramskeller, and other venues around Fort Collins.”

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.

“One definitely starts to take precedence over the other,” said Rolfe about balancing her time between the two bands. “Stella Luce was the main band a year ago, and isn’t anymore.”

With two albums released in less than two years, Fierce Bad Rabbit has become her main priority.

“I begged and pleaded, and offered riches and millions, and I’m still offering it,” 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.

“Once we started playing live, we started getting a cool response that fueled all of us to do more,” said Anderson.

“We kind of have our s**t together. We’ve all worked really hard in years past … and we all kind of knew where we made mistakes, so you know, let’s not do that again. We are all a lot smarter now,” 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

“I don’t think there’s anything off of “Spools of Thread” that wasn’t written in the last year,” Anderson said.

“We all had different inspirations for ‘Spools,’” Hicks said.

“There is kind of a theme of frustration and love, and believing and dealing with the challenges of believing in love, and pursing it,” Anderson said. “It’s not like these are love songs about a certain person or a certain thing. It’s really our love together as music and our belief in us wanting to do that, and share it with everyone.”

There are many things about their new album that makes them proud; one simply being that it’s done.

“We completed it, and the fact that six months ago we said we were going to make an album and we did,” Anderson said. “We didn’t know how we were going to pay for it, but we didn’t let that stop us.”

With hopes for a record label, Fierce Bad Rabbit understands how important their fans are to make that happen.

“There’s a lot of people that have really gotten behind us and embraced us to help us get us to where we’ve gotten, and hopefully that gathering of people behind us just gets bigger, Hicks said. “We’d just like to thank all those people, because we wouldn’t be anywhere without them.”

Staff writer Michael Elizabeth Sakas can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.

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