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Frontier Ruckus, Toria Wooff


Windmill Brixton

22 Blenheim Gardens SW2 5BZ London

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Since the release of their 2008 debut album, the songs of Frontier Ruckus have delivered a singularly detailed representation of the glorious yet grim minutiae of Midwestern life.

Songwriter Matthew Milia's obsessively crafted lyrical world is given color by David Jones' spidery banjo and Zachary Nichols' seemingly endless array of instruments ranging from obscure marching horns to melodica and musical saw.

From stages at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo to the intimate living rooms of fans, this magnetic chemistry helped Frontier Ruckus garner a dedicated following across the United States and Europe.

In 2017 the band released their 5th LP, Enter the Kingdom—co-produced by founding Wilco drummer, Ken Coomer. The record's complex rhyme schemes and winsome charm were praised by legendary rock critic Robert Christgau.

After taking a hiatus, the band has now released their 6th album, On the Northline, to the anticipation of fans everywhere—delivering more of the magic that led AllMusic to deem Frontier Ruckus “one of the best things to come out of Michigan since Faygo Redpop.”


"Awash in a haze of burnt orange and golden browns, Toria Wooff’s world is a colourful palette of opposing plains. A painter, poet, songwriter and storyteller, her songs are steeped in gothic romanticism and pained Americana, enchanted by an alchemy of ‘70s sound and vision where she magically blends the raw power of Neil Young with Joan Baez’s raven hues to forge her own spellbinding folk-rock concoction.

Whether performing solo or with full band, her live shows leave audiences completely captivated by her artistry. On the back of her debut headline tour, performances at festivals such as Red Rooster and Celtic Connections, support slots with acclaimed artists such as Israel Nash, Richard Dawson, Nicole Atkins & Jim Sclavunos, Katherine Priddy, Heartless Bastards, Memorial, Avi Kaplan, Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) and Josh Rouse, Toria Wooff sets out to perform across the UK ahead of her album release in Summer ’24."

Source: Windmill Brixton website

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