Since the release of their 2008 debut album, The Orion Songbook, Frontier Ruckus has gone on to become one of the most authentic and intimately cherished voices of complex American life in the 21st century. Garnering a dedicated following across the United States and Europe through years of relentless touring, the band stands at the completion of its 5th LP—recorded in Nashville with Wilco founding member Ken Coomer on drums and production.
Billboard video premiere for "Enter the Kingdom"
Rolling Stone video premiere for "27 Dollars"
"...the haunting voice of frontman Matthew Milia, who conjures what might happen had Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum been raised in a log cabin."
- Rolling Stone
"Frontier Ruckus brings a contemporary angle to its music—eschewing traditional tales of trains, whiskey, and rambling for reflections on suburbia, family and 'life on the edge of the interstate.'"
"...one of the most interesting bands currently doing business in the Midwest."
"...a level of top-notch songwriting most groups never attain on a greatest hits compilation."
"...piercingly sincere portraits of romance and youth, ripe with close harmonies and meditations on complicated, tender love."
"...with lyrics as dense as a Faulkner novel and intricate arrangements that transform the typical Americana twang and faded pastoral preconceptions of folk/pop into something surreal and yet familiar."
- Paste Magazine
"Milia tells these stories...with powerful vocals which tremble under the weight of expression, moving through a number of experiences and observations, at times involved and profound, at other times brilliantly effective in their simplicity."
- No Depression
"Honest songwriting...a swaying invitation into the suburban American household, offering a dreamy glance back into a past forgotten life."
"Somebody marry this winsome sad sack, whose increasingly plausible rhymes now include open-ibuprofen, gauche-precocious-neurosis, salad on the tennis court-valid passport, speckled melanin-freckled up your skin, and the very sexy errands-gerunds."
- Robert Christgau, Noisey
"Milia’s words obsess on the most suburban images possible."
- New York Daily News
"...the boy next door comes unhinged."
- Time Out New York
"...Milia has put a new spin on the musical style known as Americana...as though Allen Ginsberg and Cole Porter had gotten together and agreed to write Americana songs about the Detroit suburbs. It's just crazy enough to catch on, and it seems to be doing just that."
- Ann Arbor Observer