Living Asleep by Fierce Bad Rabbit
Fierce Bad Rabbit are not new to the music scene, by any measure. Formed in 2009 in Colorado, they’ve released four albums so far, with a fifth due out in September. They’ve toured extensively, connected with fans and other bands, and have worked hard to get where they are. They’ve made a name for themselves in Colorado, and they’re ready to move on to the next level. Their newest album, Living Asleep, is a sign of their commitment to their music.
Too often, in the attempt to bring a cohesive sound to an album, artists will create songs that sound similar. If that works for them, more power to them. But that certainly is not the approach that Fierce Bad Rabbit took for Living Asleep. The songs shift from moody and atmospheric, sad and somber to upbeat and catchy. The music is polished, with sharp production values, but not to the point of leaching warmth and emotion out of the songs.
Fierce Bad Rabbit makes full use of their dual vocalists, combining Chris Anderson’s growly voice with Alana Rolfe’s strong and sweet vocals on some songs, while letting each of them lead on others. The bass lines thrum, the guitar never overpowers the rest of the instruments, and the percussion is stripped down and works perfectly with the songs. Alana’s use of the viola, deep-voiced and mellow, adds a unique touch to the music.
The lyrics are honest and genuine, there’s not the hipster sense of pretension that permeates a lot of music in the indie-folk-rock genre; the music speaks of life, how we struggle and seem to get nowhere (“Thought I’d be someone by now” from Life), and love (“You’ve got a smile that opens up my eyes” from Do You Want Me Now?) and everything in between. The words are open and strike a chord of truth that resonates through a lost generation of people searching for their place in the world.
Living Asleep was enjoyable from start to finish and I would definitely recommend this album, and Fierce Bad Rabbit’s other music, to anyone who likes indie-folk-rock-pop-dance or related genres.
Standout tracks: Let Me Go, Crystal Ball
8 tracks, 27:28
Available September 23rd, 2014
Fierce Bad Rabbit is Chris Anderson (lead vocals, guitar), Alana Rolfe (viola, vocals), Max Barcelow (drums/percussion/vocals), Dayton Hicks (bass guitar), and Nathaniel Marshall (keys/guitar).
by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)