Preview: Frontier Ruckus, The Basement, York, 21/02/15

Preview: Frontier Ruckus, The Basement, York, 21/02/15

Michigan folk rock band Frontier Ruckus are back in York, making it their fourth visit since their debut full-length, Orion Songbook, was released back in 2008. They bring with them their newly released album, Sitcom Afterlife.

Described as ‘anti-Mumford’, these guys have succeeded in making folk/pop something worth aspiring to, seamlessly merging vintage sawtooth synthesiser sounds and electric guitars with live trumpet and banjo. Who knew that would work?

The new album represents a furthering of the band’s creative journey, winding through country, folk and indie-rock music. Expect the beautifully distinctive vocals of Mathew Millia, who will be joined once again by long-time vocalist Anna Burch, to deliver Millia’s dense but greatly illustrative lyrics.

Paste Magazine has this to say about Sitcom Afterlife “Frontier Ruckus, here, have honed their knack of twisting that similarly brass-bolstered chamber-pop aesthetic into an increasingly more dazzling demonstration of deluging, phantasmagoric montages of diary confessionals that are charmingly kicked up by some road-trip-ready backbeats and even some air-guitar-coaxing riffs, albeit suited-up, sumptuously, with aforementioned baroque instrumentation.” which is rather lovely.

It would be a good idea to come and experience this.

Tickets: £6 in advance, £8 on the door. Get them from The Basement in person, Jumbo Records or online by clicking here.

Kit Lockey