In the winter months of early 2012, pop/rock outfit Rachel and the Kings was established from former members of previous Colorado bands. A couple of months later, before ever having done a live public performance (let alone put out a record), the band beat out hundreds of other acts across the nation to win the Ford “Gimme the Gig” competition in Los Angeles, edging past fellow Denver acts Bop Skizzum and Josh Blackburn. That not-so-humble beginning should give you an idea about the energy behind this band. (Never mind that all of the Top 3 were from Denver—that’s another story.)
Rachel and the Kings (or RAT Kings, as they humorously like to call themselves) have continued their upward momentum since then, playing several impressive shows around the Denver area and making the Top 3 in the 2012 Hometown for the Holidays competition (again, less than a year after forming). And now, nearly one year after the whirlwind began, the band is finally set to release their debut full-length recording Tonic at a special show this Friday night at the Bluebird Theater in Denver.
Those who have already heard the band perform live will be happy to know that Tonic is full of the power and energy we’ve already come to expect, with high production value, skillful musicianship, and plenty of great hooks from frontwoman/singer/songwriter Rachel James. The band has already proven they have a penchant for grabbing attention, and this record is destined to carry them to the next level.
Tonic will only be available as a physical release at the Bluebird show on Friday before its national release next month. Opening acts include Eldren, PrettyMouth and Post Paradise, and tickets are still available at press time from the Bluebird Theater and AXS. Don’t miss your chance to hear an exciting emerging Denver band, and pick up an early copy of the new CD from Rachel and the Kings.