Record Review: Frontier Ruckus

Frontier Ruckus
Deadmalls & Nightfalls
Detroit, MI

Frontier Ruckus hails from Michigan, but don’t let their geographical location fool you. Once you delve into Deadmalls & Nightfalls you are immediately immersed in the heart of Southern territory. The album blends elements of Southern folk rock with a hint of bluegrass – creating the perfect soundtrack for self-reflection in a log cabin, staring off into the beauty of nature.

Songs like “The Upper Room” and “Nerves of the Nightmind” deliver somber, rolling passages from delicate horns and guitar, accented by the graceful use of the banjo and violin. Avant-garde instruments such as the pedal steel, euphonium and melodica create multi-layered textures that embody the rustic Southern element.

Their music is not the only component that is prominent in the listener’s ears. Frontman Mathew Milia lyrically explores scenic landscapes with crisp vocals accompanied by female harmonies, providing a nostalgic and raw feel. If your ears are yearning for something true and memorable, Deadmalls & Nightfalls is an album you will want to fall into. (Ramseur Records)

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