Frontier Ruckus is performing Thursday November 4 at Zanzabar at 10pm.
From the heart of Detroit, Woodward Avenue extends some twenty miles to the northwest to the find its terminus in the outlying grid-point of Pontiac. Within or immediately surrounding that stretching locality one can find the diverse and complex land that birthed the musical project now known as Frontier Ruckus.
Born at the crux of affluent suburban kingdoms, trailer park lanes, and the asphalt weeds of rundown areas, Matthew Milia began writing songs of the confused but somehow holy landscape he had processed throughout the span of a young lifetime. As portraits of his world’s identity, they developed into compelling reflections of his own identity.
He found an artistic partner in David Winston Jones, a product of the same exact age and place, and together they began to create greater constructs and interpretations out of all they found strewn between the summer lakes of Oakland County.
While studying at separate Michigan universities they recruited the two other members who now flesh out the band’s modern formation. With Zachary Nichols of Milford, a sprawling array of capabilities arrived by the addition of trumpet, singing-saw, melodica, alto horn, euphonium—all of which are now so indispensable to the band's work. Ryan Etzcorn, hailing from his own world of lakes in western Michigan, provided what was to become the irrevocably planted skeleton of Frontier Ruckus’ distinct and unpredictable percussion.
Upon the graduation of every member, Frontier Ruckus began a continual cycle of touring the United States accompanied by the production of new songs and mythologies derived out of the expansion of their experience. Their songs, initially the projection of a very specific locality, have now reached and invited new inhabitants to that precise world from Michigan to Europe, where they return to tour this summer. With great momentum and increasingly prominent benchmarks visible in Frontier Ruckus’ near future, the trajectory of their art throttles forward with the same mechanics it has always known—the process of making sense of one’s unbelievably wondrous existence and surroundings through unbridled imagination.
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