If you go
What: Parachute
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-292-0805
Cost: $13-$15
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Parachute had an excellent 2011. Their latest album, The Way It Was, debuted in the Billboard Top 20 in May and they spent the summer touring with the Goo Goo Dolls, along with some headlining shows for good measure.

They’re riding that success into 2012, with a recent performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and a string of shows opening for O.A.R. That tour is just winding down, but they’re not stopping there. Next up is a run of headlining shows.

“We love it. We had a great time,” frontman Will Anderson said. “Great album, lots of good touring — it’s cool to see it extend into 2012. We’re not slowing down. I can’t think of anything we didn’t like about last year.”

After Parachute plays the Marquis Theatre,  2009 Larimer St., Denver, on Tuesday, they’ll have a handful of shows this side of the Mississippi before they head home to Virginia.

The band actually got its start when the members were all still college students. Between 2003 and 2007, they released three EPs under the moniker Sparky’s Flaw. But when they graduated, they changed up the name and found national success with their first full-length album, 2009’s Losing Sleep.

Between Losing Sleep and last year’s chart climbing singles “Something to Believe In” and “Kiss Me Slowly” (co-written with Lady Antebellum), it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Anderson, who writes all of Parachute’s music, has a knack for catchy tunes. Parachute has become one of those bands that’s music you might recognize before the name. They’ve been featured on “One Tree Hill,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “90210.” Anderson has already started writing for the next album, and hopefully the next batch of omnipresent hits.

“I’m writing a lot. We just wanna get in the studio,” Anderson said. “I’ve been trying to write for Parachute, or what I think should be our band’s style, but right now I’m just trying to write good songs.”

Once this tour wraps, they’ll do some work on the next album before touring again in the summer. Right now, there aren’t any concrete plans for an album release.

Make sure to get to the show on time to catch the openers, Denver bands <a href=”http://www.ashtreemusic.net/”>Ashtree Close</A> and <a href=”http://www.myspace.com/regretnight”>Regret Night</A>. Indie rock quintet Ashtree Close is steadily making a bigger name for itself around Colorado, and they’ll be a group to keep your eye on this year. Regret Night calls themselves post-punk, and its synth-heavy, danceable beats are starting to generate some buzz.

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