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Hello Kavita has been moving up the ranks of local bands.

The indie-rock outfit is ready to release its new CD, To a Loved One, and the band will show off its new tunes at the hi-dive in Denver on Friday.


Who: Hello Kavita CD release party

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver

Cost: $8-$10

The new record will serve as a calling card for the group, as Hello Kavita hopes the CD will reach a wider audience.

Jimmy Stofer is the Fray’s former touring bassist — and current bass player for Hello Kavita. The musician was excited to talk about Hello Kavita’s new CD and the release party.

Q: How did you go from touring with the Fray to being part of Hello Kavita?

A: I was the touring bassist for the Fray for two years, but I had gone to school with a couple of the members of Hello Kavita.

I’d keep in touch whenever I was in town, and I told them if they ever needed a bass player to call me.

When I left the Fray, I was interested in pursuing my own projects. I started playing with Hello Kavita and it’s been a really good fit.

Q: What makes Hello Kavita a unique band?

A: This band works because we have this great chemistry.

Everyone knows their instrument and their roles in the band — and we all understand the vision of the band.

Our vision is to make music that throws back to the ’60s and ’70s, but it has a modern twist. We throw hooky choruses and distorted guitar into the mix, and I think there’s a lot of character to the songs.

Q: What can people expect from the new CD?

A: Our new CD is really warm and inviting. I think it will put people in a place where they really get the mood of the record.

This record is so inviting, it’ll make you want to move to a cabin the woods and listen to the whole album.

We tried to make a cohesive, listening album that had whole collection of songs. People will get their money’s worth with this album!

The album’s upbeat, but it’s not in your face; some songs are softer and some songs rock.

Q: What’s planned for the CD release party and beyond?

A: We wanted to make sure we had a great place to hold the CD release party. Everyone knows the hi-dive and it’s in a really great location.

We’re planning to play the album, but we’ve got a few surprises and covers planned, too. It’s going to be a good show, because we have a guest violinist and trumpet player.

We’re also planning to play out a lot more. We’re opening for Sub Pop act Grand Archives at the Larimer Lounge on Nov. 20.

We want to get in front of as many people as possible with this new CD. We also have a few songs that can be downloaded for free on our MySpace site.