If you go

What: Rachel and the Kings Album Release

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666

Cost: $10-$15

More info: bluebirdtheater.net

R achel and the Kings is one of Denver's brand-spanking new bands, and the pop-rock quintet hasn't wasted any time making a name for themselves. In the past nine months, they won Ford Records' national Gimme The Gig competition and recorded a debut album. The record, Tonic, is getting an exclusive release at the Bluebird Theater this weekend. We talked with frontwoman Rachel James to see how things are going.

This is a very new band. Exactly how long have you been together?

We really formed the band this last May. Everybody was kind of doing different things and coming out of different things. I got this opportunity to record some of my music and these guys were brought in to play on the album, and all the guys called me and said they wanted to do this as a band.

A lot has happen in that time. Get us up to speed.


I really thought at the point I was gonna be a songwriter, so I was pursuing songwriting and that sort of thing. It was an interesting thing that happened last year around this time, when I got the opportunity to record my own music. I didn't have a lot going on at the time. I got to record the album and the guys came on board and we found out we won Gimme The Gig ... The cool thing about something happening like that for a brand new band -- we bonded and had this experience together that was really stressful and the guys really impressed me.

Tell me about the debut album.

The album, content wise, really, a lot of these songs came out of a place in my life that was a turning point. There were these moments of being down and being the lowest, but that's where you're getting up. A lot of these songs relate to that particular moment in time for people. The guys, I think, all really related to that theme as well and played beautifully on this album.

Sonically, I think it's a pretty eclectic album. It's anywhere from kind of Coldplay sounds to just, you know, kind of great pop music with a great rock band behind it. It's a fun album and we wanted it to take people on a journey.

The show will be an exclusive album release. Will people be able to get it elsewhere in the future?

We have three songs up digitally that are gonna be released. We're gonna keep everything else under wraps and local until about March. You can get the album at the show and at a few shops, locally ... This is our home and we thought it'd be a cool way to keep up momentum to play a show and to give our Colorado fans something exclusive, even down to the point that I think these CDs are going to be limited edition.

So what's next?

We're looking at touring opportunities and radio campaigns, and we're gonna release the album nationally in March and go from there.