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Frontier Ruckus / Les Clochards @ The Bullingdon, Oxford
Wednesday 18 February 2015, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
£10 (advance) / £12 (door)
As a band steeped in the rose tint of the early 90s, the references to a collective history we all hold fondly are intrinsic to Frontier Ruckus’ song craft. The band embarked upon a trilogy of records surrounding these themes of place: the rust of a Midwestern suburbia anywhere and the edifice of those oft crumbling surroundings baked with the deeply passionate memories they evoke. The Orion Songbook (2008), Deadmalls & Nightfalls (2010), and Eternity Of Dimming (2013) served as a trinity of sorts to the gravity of those View-Master cartridge visions. In listening one clicks thru song-slides of Matthew Milia’s densely worded sermons, if you will, belted and cooed with a timbre that is full and fragile all at once, held together with netting from long-time friend David Jones’ angular banjo throes, and fleshed out by a thick quasi-orchestra of brass, chord organ, and saw by Zachary Nichols. Long-time vocalist Anna Burch returns to touring with the band, providing a honey-sweet gelatin that firmly bases yet sets each song into a full-throated fire.
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