Indie-leaning folk pop outfit Frontier Ruckus are coming to Bristol’s Canteen all the way from Detroit, as part of a European tour to promote their fifth studio album Enter The Kingdom.
Helmed by singer songwriter Matthew Milia, Enter The Kingdom draws on his own life experiences – his father losing his job and relying on disability cheques, the disintegration of American dream and growing up in the 90s.
Country-laden folk music surrounds Millia’s melodious lyricism, that pays tribute to noughties US indie heroes like Death Cab for Cutie. Matthew answers our 10 questions…
Country-laden folk music surrounds Millia’s melodious lyricism, that pays tribute to noughties US indie heroes like Death Cab for Cutie
1. What have you learned today?
If I rub the inside of my cat’s ear she really likes to lick my finger. I’m also finding new evidence every day that the pressing need for relevance was more of a young man’s disease and that’s a wonderfully liberating discovery.
2. Favourite track of all time?
Something about Northern Sky by Nick Drake can really sneak up on me on an unassuming fall day.
3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Maybe Laid by James?
4. Who are your top three acts right now?
I’m a Teenage Fanclub fanboy. I dig Parquet Courts, but it really just makes me want to listen to Pavement.
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
Hopefully finding the focus to write a novel.
6. What was the last book you read?
I like to read multiple books simultaneously for balance, most recently: Graham Greene – The End of the Affair and Cormac McCarthy – The Road.
7. Favourite thing on TV?
Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Frasier.
8. Are you afraid of anything?
9. Tell us something people don’t know about you…
My favourite pastime is playing soccer, or football as I wish we called it here. I was the leading scorer this year for my Detroit neighbourhood team The Corktown Pheasants (named after the wild pheasants that roam around more deserted parts of Detroit).
10. What are you doing tomorrow?
We’re heading up to play a couple of leisurely shows in vacation towns of Michigan’s beautiful northern parts —mostly as an excuse to swim in Lake Michigan and run around these huge sand bluffs they call the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Photo by Noah Elliott Morrison
9 September – Frontier Ruckus, Canteen