Songs From Studio East: Frontier Ruckus

Jan 25, 2013

Michigan-based Frontier Ruckus has a new CD, Eternity of Dimming out from Quite Scientific Records. The double album with 20 songs is “dense,” according to Matthew Milia, lead singer-guitarist for the band.

“They’re not two-minute-long pop songs with recurring choruses that people can latch on immediately to…but the people that do take the time to dig in and listen, seem to find themselves being rewarded… in ways that exceed the simply pop song,” he said.

Milia’s inspiration comes from his memories of growing up in metro Detroit. Banjo player David Jones calls the lyrics “obsessively suburban,” a kind of homage to the 90’s era.

The country folk-rock band  draws inspiration from Michigan, specifically from the geography and landscape of suburban Detroit, along with the complications of coming of age.

While some artists choose to move away to places like New York or Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, Jones says “It would be heart-breaking to leave Michigan," and adds there's an "overwhelming love and nostalgia for just being here."

Check out Frontier Ruckus performing songs from their new album. Matthew Milia, lead singer-guitarist; David Jones, banjo and vocals; Zach Nichols, trumpet, singing-saw, other instruments; and Ryan Etzcorn on percussion.

“There’s a lot to discover and it just takes some patience, and we are so fortunate that people have increasingly been taking the time and entering our world,” said Milia.

Milia and Jones became friends while attending Brother Rice High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Bloomfield Hills. They admittedly have a healthy competition with each other, one that pushes them to become better artists.

“It was a completely symbiotic relationship,” said Milia. He adds that there's great chemistry between all band members, which keeps the group together.

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