by sammy maine
Matthew Milia is straight-up one of the most underrated lyricists of recent times. Based in Michigan, he’s the frontman of Frontier Ruckus – a band that are like a bunch of old friends turning up at your house unexpectedly, a case of beers in tow. Less like conventional hooks and more like poetry that slots into the ‘can’t-get-this-out-of-my-head’ part of the brain, Frontier Ruckus produce the kind of songs that are devastatingly euphoric; they look at life through the lens of TV sitcoms and old movies, romanticising stuff you take for granted and making it so beautiful, you can’t help but take notice. Everything is a story to them and they invite us into their world with open arms.
Since the mid 00s, the band have relentlessly produced album after album but with a flourish that feels effortless – like a book you can’t put down, Frontier Ruckus continue penning chapters of lost friendships, existential thinking and heartbreak but with harmonies as gorgeous as this, they make you feel like everything is going to work out… eventually.
‘Sad Modernity‘ is pretty much the perfect introduction to Frontier Ruckus if you’ve yet to get in on this Americana secret. Flawless vocals utter heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes, whilst a banjo plucks away in the background and electric keys bring the song to an elated finish. The video is an adorable ode to ‘Cheers‘, with the band fooling around and drinking a bunch of beers. Listen, watch and fall in love. Frontier Ruckus are here to make the world beautiful again.