The Friends Of Thimblemill Library are delighted to bring Michigan's finest alt-folk purveyors, the wonderful Frontier Ruckus to our wonderful venue. The band have steadily built both a sizeable following over the years in Europe, as well as a reputation for great live shows and festival favourites.
Frontier Ruckus is an American band from Michigan. The group's catalog can be most consistently classified as folk rock with a strong verbal emphasis. The project is centered on the lyrically intensive songs of Matthew Milia, and was formed by Milia and banjo player David Winston Jones while growing up in Metro Detroit. In 2008, the band released its debut full-length record, The Orion Songbook. Though formed in a folk tradition, Frontier Ruckus has shown an eclecticism across their catalog, incorporating aspects of baroque and jangle pop, alt-country, bluegrass, and lo-fi
Enter the Kingdom, their fifth and most lush record to date, out now on UK's Loose Records, serves as an almost desperate invitation into the band’s most recurrent setting: the suburban American household.
Songwriter Matthew Milia has explained the album as a rather literal depiction of his father losing his job and relying on disability checks to retain a tenuous grasp on his childhood home. The specificity with which this is conveyed to the listener is harrowing at times, though never in full abandonment of a dark and balancing sense of humour.
What the press said:
'Delicate, finger-picked banjos, aching, oak-y violin and the haunting voice of frontman Matthew Milia, who conjures what might happen had Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum been raised in a log cabin. Their songs are full of rich, rural details: frozen lakes, swaying trees, highway lights glowing in the deep night. Add to the mix baleful brass and trembling percussion, and you've got the perfect recipe for Gothic Americana'
“Full of muted desperation, Milia conjuring a less than cosy world of strip malls, Prozac and missed opportunities with humour and pathos…”
”A band at the top of their game, primed and ready for discovery by a whole new audience… frontier ruckus have doubled-down on what it is that makes them unique, and in doing so have succeeded in adding a new level of orchestrated depth to their countrified folk tales, further cementing Enter the Kingdom with that oh-so-hard-to-find ‘timeless’ quality.”
Limited Earlybird tickets available at only £8.00 (£5.00 concessions).
General Advance tickets & on the door entry will be £10.00 (£7.00 concessions).
Doors open at 7.30pm & music will commence at 8.00pm.