Hot off thier stint at Lollapalooza, Michigan's own Frontier Ruckus boarded a plane for a two week European tour, headlining a festival in Germany and playing festivals like End of the Road in the UK. The guys are no stranger to the European tour, having played the Slottsfjell Festival in Norway, among shows in the UK, Germany, and Holland in 2009 and 2010. Frontier Ruckus returned to Europe in May 2011 for the third time, expanding to new countries such as Ireland, Sweden, and Italy. Their performance at the 2011 Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots festival was described as "a particular highlight" by The Irish Times.
The group's catalog can be most consistently classified as folk rock with a strong verbal emphasis. Frontier Ruckus is centered on the lyrically intensive songs of Matthew Milia, and was formed by Milia and banjo player David Winston Jones while both attending Brother Rice High School in Metro Detroit. Milia has a voice whose timbre carries as much meaning as the words that come through it.
Frontier Ruckus was named "Best Folk Group" in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly, They appeared at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, for which Rolling Stone listed the band as one of their Essential Sets, calling the band "the perfect recipe for Gothic Americana" and Esquire named them one of the 20 best not-super-famous bands that played Lollapalooza. Their songs have been featured on NPR, Adult Swim and Paste Magazine featured Frontier Ruckus in their "Best of What's Next" issue.
The band has also been busy recording demos for their follow-up to Eternity of Dimming, which will be their 4th record. Milia stated it will be a much more concise and pop-influenced record, in the vain of classic pop rock bands they love like Big Star or power pop 90's acts like Teenage Fanclub or Lemonheads. "Writing shorter, hookier songs is a fun contrast to Eternity of Dimming, which was 20 songs long and all about maximum lyrical expression. It's fun to do explore a different area of our tastes and allows us to challenge ourselves."
The guys will head back to the States for a US tour of the south and Texas in October. For more info visit them at www.frontierruckus.com.