Frontier Ruckus

Frontier Ruckus

Foreign Fields, Ian Noe

Sat, November 3, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

Zanzabar

Louisville, KY

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Frontier Ruckus
Frontier Ruckus
Sitcom Afterlife is the 4th LP by Frontier Ruckus. Those on board since 2008's The Orion Songbook have seen the band's proverbial minivan careen wildly through a microcosmic Metro Detroit in sharpening detail. Culminating with 2013's Eternity of Dimming—a double-album of 20 songs and some 5,600 words—the band's ambition to extract universal life from personal minutiae had received its greatest indulgence. And now the strip malls have been numbered. The esoteric significance of each Dairy Queen is cataloged with hyper-specificity. In sanctifying a seemingly mundane suburban terrain, songwriter Matthew Milia's obsessive nostalgia has taken on a robust physicality. It is within this established mythological landscape of dealerships and supermarket lots that the densely woven stories from Sitcom Afterlife occur. This time, though, it is the people and their relationships, rather than the places by which they are defined, that have regained the emotional focus.

Though Frontier Ruckus' songbook has thoroughly dealt with the dissolution of love, Sitcom Afterlife's narrator may be the first spokesman for the band made to sift through the vitriol and confusion of winding up on the losing end. Smartly contrasted with a decidedly classic-pop hookiness, the narrative unfolds across each song cohesively—reconstructing a relationship and its demise, its tender and nightmarish poles. Providing crucial emphasis to these manic swings are the elegant orchestrations of David Jones and Zachary Nichols. Jones accompanies the jangle-pop of Milia's 12-string guitar with layers of inventive banjo tones that shimmer like 90s radio. Nichols, whose sonic experimentation has been a crucial ingredient in Frontier Ruckus' DNA, mingles brass and synth warmth with whirling singing-saw in precise counterpoint to the songs' emotional flux. Equally important is the return of Anna Burch's harmonies, which continue to add an indispensable femininity and balance to Milia's nasal harangue.
With all of these components firing together so deliberately unified, the result is a dynamic, nuanced monitor into one's internal processing of desire and loss—and perhaps Frontier Ruckus' most streamlined and intensely cogent work yet.
Foreign Fields
Foreign Fields
Foreign Fields is an electronic folk group that hails from the wintry plains of Wisconsin. New Years day of last year they met in their hometown, in an abandoned office building, to begin work on their first full length LP "Anywhere But Where I Am". Having no set plan or guide, the album grew naturally as they left their lives in Chicago for hot summer days, skipping stones in the rivers of Tennessee.
Ian Noe
Ian Noe
Born May 9, 1990 in Eastern Kentucky, Ian Noe had a guitar in his hand from an early age. Brought up on the great ones of folk, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, and others, Ian quickly developed a knack for acoustic roots music. He began playing in local talent shows, school assemblies, and festivals.
It was only in the early part of 2007 that Ian even began writing music, and it was quickly evident he had a great ability to tell stories of his own through music. He entered the Appalachian StarSearch in Hazard on October 20, 2007, and won the grand prize singing his original song Don’t Let The Morning Bring Ya Down. Due to that win, Ian was invited to perform at a Rhonda Vincent concert in Hyden a few days later.
He began working on more songs and began recording for his first album in mid November. The process was quick, as he had all 10 songs recorded in a little over a month. He wrote and performed every note on the disc, Ian Noe.
After the tragic events at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia in April of 2007, Ian wrote a song dedicated to the victims of the tragedy. He played this song, Sweet Virginia for Virginia Tech students in April 2008 on the anniversary of the shooting.
In June 2008, Ian won first place in the State FFA Talent Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ian was also named as one of the 5 finalists in the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.
Ian plays several instruments including guitar, harmonica, and piano.
Venue Information:
Zanzabar
2100 South Preston Street
Louisville, KY, 40217
http://www.zanzabarlouisville.com/