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Friday, 10 June 2011 12:38

Frontier Ruckus 6/10/11 + Video

Frontier Ruckus 6/10/11 Lori Schwilling
Written by Kenji Yoshinobu
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  • Date Recorded: June 10, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Frontier Ruckus
  • Hosting Show: Gold Soundz
  • Sound: Jon Valley
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

You know a band throws down when it has a dude playing the musical saw. Michigan folk rockers, Frontier Ruckus, brought its melancholy, autumnal sound to the KDHX studios and, yes, the musical saw made an appearance.

The band, visiting St. Louis for an appearance at Twangfest 15, opened the three-song set -- composed of all fresh material -- with a ballad called "Eternity of Dimming." The song showcases Frontier Ruckus' lead singer Matthew Milia's vibrato-heavy voice and an eerie, Casio-tone flute that lends David Winston Jones' banjo picking and Milia's guitar strumming a strange, apocalyptic feel. Milia's voice sounds so delicate that it might fall apart during the second song, "Junk Drawer Sorrow." The aforementioned musical saw, played by Zachary Nichols, adds a ghostly effect, weaving through the song and sounding the spookiest after Milia sings, "Is it possible that the hospital is waiting for all?"

The band closed with "Epiphanies and Revelations," which touts a waltzy bouncy, making it the sunniest of the songs performed. The set is worth repeat listens to catch all of Milia's despondent ruminations, which are written as if he truly confides solely in the listener.

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