Fresh, energetic and intelligent, Fierce Bad Rabbit takes you on a journey so interesting that you don’t want it to ever end. Tightly woven tapestries of notes and well-crafted lyrics delivered with disciplined passion by frontman Chris Anderson, who also plays guitar and keyboards, combined with the powerful yet perfectly nuanced viola and supporting vocals of Alana Rolfe, the rock-solid rhythmic backbone of Dayton Hicks on bass and Max Barcelow on drums create a constantly changing yet consistently fulfilling musical experience for the listener.
The vocals themselves may occasionally make you think that you could be listening to a new project from Brandon Flowers of The Killers or Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem. The band clearly shares the influences of such indie favorites as Arcade Fire and The Shins, and there is a certain kinship with other leading-edge artists like The National, Iron & Wine and Band of Horses. But the music this Ft. Collins, Colorado-based quartet makes is all their own, and the more you hear it the more it comes across as a brilliant amalgamation of many musical styles and structures. Alternately joyful and somber, forceful and laid back, playful and contemplative, their songs challenge you to decide whether you should stand and listen intently or grab the person next to you and dance the night away.
Formed in 2009, the band released two solid recordings in scarcely more than a year: the self-titled debut EP and a full-length, 15-song sophomore effort, “Spools of Thread”. With the 12/31/12 release of "The Maestro and the Elephant," the band's second full-length album, FBR is poised to take their music to a new level. The first of their releases to include collaborative efforts in songwriting beyond those of Chris Anderson, "The Maestro and the Elephant" includes tracks by Alana Rolfe ("The Devil Smells Like Country,"), Max Barcelow ("An Apple In Your Hand"), and contributions by bassist Dayton Hicks, as well as internationally-known artists out of Nashville, including Shane Keister. Steadily-building, melodic and inricate tunes weave together on the new release to form a 15-track collective that showcases the multiple facets of this talented group, each bringing forth a new voice, style and maturity that is reflective of their years together and their growth as individual musicians.
From the opening notes of “Everything Is Alright”, the first track on their eponymous debut EP, through the infectious melody and lyrics of "YOU!" off of their 2012 EP, "Live and Learn," and now through the evolving tracks of "The Maestro and the Elephant," you know you’re in for something new and captivating.
Listen once and you’ll be impressed. Listen again — and see them perform live — and you will be a fan. From that point on you’ll want to see them again and again, and you’ll join the growing ranks of people eager to see what happens next for this talented group called Fierce Bad Rabbit.