Frontier Ruckus set to release new album
A lot has been happening in the world of Frontier Ruckus. By the end of 2013 – fresh off tours of North America and Europe – the band returned home to Michigan sitting on dozens of new songs. By March 19, 2014, those songs were wittled down to become what will be the group's fourth studio album slated for release sometime this year.
Fans clamoring for a taste of what's to come certainly didn't have to wait long. Frontier Ruckus announced a series of super intimate living room shows that were played in two weeks over the longer winter. Naturally, most of those dates took places in Michigan, but two also found 'home venues' (of sorts) in Chicago, Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky.
If we had to guess when the new album was coming out, we'd almost guess that late August or early September sounds about right. Of course that's just going off the new tour dates now posted on the band's website, which has them swinging through the heart of the East Coast beginning August 18th with a show at DC9 in our nation's capital. That's followed by stops at the Mercury Lounge in New York City (August 19), Rough Trade NYC (August 20), Great Scott in Boston, Massachusetts (August 21) and Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (August 22).
Sure, this band has played a thousand-some-odd shows in the last half-decade. If this is your first introduction, you'll quickly see why they've packed in fans across the States and Europe. More importantly, you'll learn what the Ruckus is all about.
Fans fawning over Frontier Ruckus (Created August 8, 2013)
Meet the group that's been causing quite the ruckus on the music scene. A Frontier Ruckus, that is. The roots-based band from East Lansing, Michigan has become known for lyric-driven songs that incorporate elements of everything from bluegrass to rock, and all sounds in between.
Originally formed by singer/songwriter Matthew Milia and banjo player David Winston Jones, the duo became a trio when it added Eli Eisman on base. The band expanded again when Ryan "Smalls" Etzcorn came in on drums, and Anna Burch was added on harmony vocals. Zachary Nichols rounded out the additions, contributing his talents on horns, singing saw and melodica.
Frontier Ruckus recorded its first EP, "I Am the Water You Are Pumping," back in 2006. Five songs on that project would ultimately appear on the band's first full-length album, 2008's "The Orion Songbook." Amid a shake-up of band members, the same project was re-released the following year on double vinyl. Around the same time the band signed to Ramseur Records, a North Carolina-based label specializing in folk and roots music.
Frontier Ruckus officially became a four-member band (with Milia, Jones, Nichols and Etzcorn) in 2010 as they prepped for the release of their second full-length album, "Deadmalls & Nightfalls." It received rave reviews from critics, and the band has since had a number of songs in the mainstream. Adult Swim used the song "Dark Autumn Hour" for four ads on the network, and in May 2012 raw video of the band performing a medley of songs from "The Legend of Zelda" went viral.
Frontier Ruckus most recently played Lallapalooza, and has upcoming dates scheduled in the United Kingdom for September 2013.
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