“Our Flowers Are Still Burning”
by sammy maine
You can always depend on Detroit’s Frontier Ruckus to find good in the world; to laugh at a situation because it’s so ridiculous; to offer a beer and a hug when you need it most. Despite lyrics that centre around loss, desperation and the struggles of getting through the day, their optimism still manages to rear its head; frontman Matthew Milia offers a candid snapshot of modern day American suburbia with a relatable wink and a nudge that says: “Hey, things are crappy but at least we’ve got each other“.
And that’s the promise behind the band’s latest video for “Our Flowers Are Still Burning“. Depicting the morning after a house party, the band members find solace in each other, stepping over beer bottles and passed-out friends to end up walking outside into a beautiful, snowy suburban street. It’s a VHS-fuelled dreamy escape that accompanies the song’s clever blend of nostalgia and sadness that somehow still manages to seek out the sweetness in its poignancy.
The track is taken from Frontier Ruckus’ fifth full-length LP ‘Enter the Kingdom’. It’s described as a literal description of Milia’s father losing his job and relying on disability cheques in order to survive and talking of the disintegration of American dream.
Produced by Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, it’s an accumulation of a band who continue to create colour and warmth despite the monochrome surroundings in which we often find ourselves. Check out the details below, alongside a host of UK tour dates for March – and watch the new video here:
‘Enter The Kingdom’ is released on February 17th, via Sitcom Universe (USA)/Loose Music (UK/EU)
You can pre-order it here via Amazon
March 8 – York – The Fulford Arms
March 9 – Glasgow – Hug and Pint
March 11 – Northampton – The Lamplighter
March 13 – Bristol – The Crofters Rights
March 14 – Brighton – The Albert
March 15 – London – The Windmill
March 18 – Hamburg – Kukuun Club
March 21 – Dresden – Ost Pol
March 23 – Basel, Switzerland – Parterre
March 24 – Genova – Cavi di Lavanga
March 25 – Savona – Pontinvrea
March 27 – Rome – Blackmarket
March 29 – Aarau, Switzerland – Tuchlaube