Frontier Ruckus Eternity of Dimming
(Quite Scientific Records)
“Indie Americana with guitars, banjos and saws (oh my!)”
If you like Frontier Ruckus, you’re in luck. You are going to enjoy this album. If, however, you are like some reviewers whose friends and fellow critics absolutely love Frontier Ruckus, but you have never understood why, this isn’t the album that’s going to turn you around. The band’s third full-length doesn’t take many departures from the first two and remains mostly a whole lot of singing by Matthew Milia – and only Matthew Milia.
Frontier Ruckus Deadmalls & Nightfalls
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)