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Review: Fierce Bad Rabbit, “Living Asleep”

No Comments 3 August 2014

Review: Fierce Bad Rabbit, “Living Asleep”

Living Asleep isn’t bombastic, in-your-face rock that forces you to listen to it; rather, it’s a bit of a sleeper. It’s a record with legs, those that will stretch and carry them as far as they want to go.”

Artist: Fierce Bad Rabbit

Album: Living Asleep

Genre: Rock / Roots

RIYL: Wilco, Delta Spirit, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon

Fierce Bad Rabbit Living Asleep

Fierce Bad Rabbit are a rootsy folk rock quartet that cut their teeth in the Colorado music scene before taking their show on the road to the west and east coasts. Their new album, Living Asleep, blends a warm, rich tapestry of folk music with a cerebral, lyrically driven brand of rock making for a unique, and rather charming, sound. 

“Let Me Go” sets the standard for what’s to come quickly, a song that just feels good and fuzzy and warm. It works its charm immediately. Then “Martyr” delves a little bit deeper into a more soulful, emotional place. The versatility starts to become more evident, and lead vocalist Chris Anderson begins to show off his performance range. “Life” is another standout, utilizing more layered vocals (courtesy of viola player Alana Rolfe) and playing off the prominent bass line of Dayton Hicks. It shows a different dimension to the band’s source material, incorporating more of a roots rock vibe.

“Dusk Anthem” hits all the right notes, quite literally, and moves with a sort of lazy calm that belies the discontent bubbling up under the surface. There’s a thoroughly satisfying moment when the song reaches a fever pitch before winding back down for the perfectly placed closer, “Dreaming of Things To Be.” This last track shows off the strength and character of the band’s material to leave a great lasting impression.

There’s an easy, dynamic quality to Fierce Bad Rabbit’s performance style. Simple songs performed with not-so-simple ease. It’d be a crime to classify this as oversimplified songwriting because what it is could be more accurately described as restrained and mature. The charismatic vocal talents of frontman Chris Anderson contribute largely to this success, though he doesn’t do it alone. Living Asleep isn’t bombastic, in-your-face rock that forces you to listen to it; rather, it’s a bit of a sleeper. It’s a record with legs, those that will stretch and carry them as far as they want to go.


Fierce Bad Rabbit website: http://www.fiercebad.com/

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